Disgraced NFL veteran Ray Rice is rumored to be ready to break his silence about the domestic abuse incident that led to his suspension in an interview with the Today show’s Matt Lauer.
According to TMZ Sports, Lauer has all but secured the 29-year-old Rice for an “exclusive sit-down” that will air sometime during sweeps week later this month. The website added it’s unknown if Rice’s now wife, Janay, would join him for the interview.
Rice was indefinitely suspended by the league back in September after video emerged of him striking his then fiancée inside an Atlantic City casino hotel elevator. Initially, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for just two games, but after the footage was made public significantly increased the penalties against him.
On the same day the league announced its increased sanctions against Rice, the Baltimore Ravens moved to sever all ties with him, thereby terminating the remaining three-years and $10 million left on his deal with the team. Rice is now seeking to be immediately reinstated by the league and U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones is expected to rule in the case in the coming days.
Rice has also since filed a separate grievance against the Ravens, charging the move to cut him is a violation of the league’s contract policy. As part of his grievance, Rice is seeking to be compensated for all the games he has been forced to sit out.
TMZ later reported a source identified as close to Rice admitted his camp is considering the interview, but would prefer not to do anything before a decision in his arbitration case in rendered.[Photo Credit: Keith Allsion]
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