New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick was asked to offer advice for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who allegedly assaulted his then-fiancee (now wife) in a February altercation.
Vick, who spent time in prison for dog fighting and animal cruelty, said he thinks Rice should speak out against domestic violence.
“I think the most important thing that you can do is to try to make amends for what you’ve done," Vick told NJ.com this week. “I think you have to show people that you’re trying to help yourself and bring awareness to that situation to help others, to prevent it. You’ve got to become an advocate.”
"You’ve got to continue to make amends," Vick said. "Once you start something, you can never go back. I feel like I’ve become an advocate of animal welfare, and I think I have to continue that.
“It’s all about keeping kids 15 years from now from doing the same. We’ve saved a lot of kids, and we’ve saved a lot of animals. That’s how I feel. Ray will make it right. He’ll do everything he can to make this situation whole again.”
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Since his conviction in 2007, Vick has participated in the Humane Society's anti-dogfighting campaign.
In July, the NFL suspended Rice for two games. Rice has apologized for his role in the altercation.
- Chris Johnson