For all the horrible stuff I've thought about Ray Rice following his very public, very gruesome assault of a woman he eventually married, I never got the feeling he was a psychopath. Naive, yes. Stupid, of course. Frustrated, violent, impulsive; yes, yes and yes -- but not "insane." Greg Hardy, on the other hand, registers at a firm 11 on the total-fucking-lunatic spectrum. That man seems deranged. Something's not right in that boy's head.
Alas, Hardy is on an NFL roster and Rice is not. Do with that information what you will, but I don't think it takes much mental energy to recognize why that's peculiar.
Rice went on the "Boomer & Carton" program Thursday morning to let the world know what he's been up to: staying in shape and "researching" domestic violence. Call it the beginning of his comeback tour, a plea for forgiveness, total bullshit, etc. Whatever it was, he seemed genuine and contrite for most of the 30-minute interview, though he still frames the time he obliterated a woman's face as a decision that was bad for his career.
"That one bad decision...everything I had done good in my life had gone to waste," Rice said. "I'm in a lifelong process of constantly trying to rebuild my image."
Come on, dude. You can't just say, "I understand domestic violence now," then talk about how it's negatively impacted your career. That's basically saying "Knocking out my fianceé was a bad decision because I got caught." It was a bad decision because it was a bad decision. Period. You're not getting sympathy points just because you wanted to be rich and famous but had to settle for just rich and infamous.
His advice for Greg Hardy was a far wiser choice of words.
"There's a time when you have to leave the locker room; you have to be around people," Rice said. "One thing I would encourage for Greg is to take a look into the severity of domestic violence is, and it's better late than never...You don't have win another football game, you don't have to make another dollar to make a difference in people's lives."
"When you put that uniform on, what you can stand for is way bigger than the game."