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Ray Rice Sees Similarities with Kareem Hunt, 'Done with Football'

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was infamously involved in a domestic violence incident with his now wife, Janay, spoke out against domestic violence during an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday.

Rice, who was joined by his wife, noted the similarities with himself after watching video surveillance of former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel last month.

"Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities," he said in the interview.

Like Hunt, Rice was released by the Ravens after a video surfaced of him punching, kicking and dragging Janay, who was his fiancée at the time, from an evelator in 2014. The running back told CBS that he hates the person he sees on the tapes and was given a second chance by his wife when the couple married weeks later.

"I hate that person. I hate him," Rice said in the interview. "... Somewhere down the line everybody who's sayin', 'Does he deserve a second chance for football?' And this that and the other -- I actually got my second chance.

"During my darkest moments, and I used to ask myself, 'How could she even be -- want to support me? ... That's understandable. But I think what's misunderstood about us is that the friends we were before the incident. That's why, like I said, when I look at Kareem Hunt, I wanna know what his life was like. I want to know what happened in life. I know Kareem has apologized, and has expressed remorse for survivors of domestic violence."

Janay Rice revealed that she's never watched the video where her now-husband punches her, but noted that it was the first and only time he physically assaulted her during their relationship.

"I was there. I lived it," she said. "I don't really need to relive it over and over again just to appease the world.

"... It was never a thought whether I was going leave or not, because I knew that that wasn't him in that moment. This is somebody I've known since I was 15 years old. I knew that we had work to do, and I was willing to move forward and put in the work."

Ray Rice also claimed he wasn't speaking out just to get a second chance at the NFL.

"I'll be the first one to say it: I don't have to retire to tell you I'm done with football," Rice said during an interview with "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday. "The pressure I was under of being a star, that was the person I hated the most," he said.

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