OWINGS MILLS, Md. — His voice cracking with emotion, Ravens running back Ray Rice said he "failed miserably" and apologized for the actions that led to his arrest on assault charges.
Rice, 27, was arrested after a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City in which he was accused of striking fiancee Janay Palmer. The couple married in late February, and both went to the stage Friday at the team complex for their first public comment since the arrest. "I failed miserably, but I wouldn't call myself a failure because I'm working my way back up," he said.
Rice spoke for just more than six minutes and didn't take questions. His speech was not prepared, but he often referred to notes on his cellphone. "I know many of my supporters, sponsors, don't want to be in partnership with me. That's my fault," he said. "I take full responsibility for that. One thing I do know is that I'm working every day to be a better father, a better husband and just a better role model."
Rice was accepted Tuesday into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.
Bucs addition: The Bucs hired Mike Biehl as director of college scouting. Biehl has spent the past 13 years in the Chargers' scouting department, including as the team's assistant college scouting director since 2008.
Colts owner charged: Prosecutors charged Colts owner Jim Irsay with two misdemeanor counts for his intoxicated driving arrest near his Carmel, Ind., home in March. Hamilton County prosecutors said Irsay, 54, was charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and operating a vehicle with a schedule I or II controlled substance or its metabolite in the body, which carry maximum penalties of 60 days in jail and $500 fines for each count. A probable cause affidavit said Irsay was driving under the influence of oxycodone and/or hydrocodone. Police had filed four preliminary felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, charges that each carried possible prison sentences of six months to three years. Prosecutors took weeks before deciding to file the misdemeanor charges. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is still reviewing the matter.
Staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.