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Ray Rice: 'I made an inexcusable mistake'

Ray Rice: 'I made an inexcusable mistake'
Ray Rice won the appeal of his suspension and can sign with and play for any NFL team. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke his silence, issuing a statement for the first time since he was indefinitely suspended.

The three-time Pro Bowl runner was reinstated Friday after former federal judge Barbara S. Jones ruled that he had won his appeal and was immediately eligible to sign with and play for an NFL team.

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In his statement, issued through the NFL Players Association, Rice thanked several people, including his wife, Janay, whom he knocked out in a casino elevator in February. He made no mention of returning to the NFL.

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans -- but most importantly, my wife Janay," Rice said in a statement. "I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions. I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes."

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