Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay, whose mother was killed by domestic violence, said he wants to help Ray Rice, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports.
Gay's stepfather shot and killed his mother when Gay was seven years old. The cornerback said he wants to help Rice learn how he was affected by domestic violence.
“I’m going to reach out [to Rice]. I love trying to prevent domestic violence. I’m going to reach out in any type of way just to give him a talk and let him know on my end, how it hurt me, how it changed my life.
“Someone could have died, that’s all,” Gay said. “That’s how I feel about the situation, so we need to do everything we can to help Ray Rice. Because we don’t need to run away from him and say he’s evil. It’s an issue, we need to deal with it, and we need to help Ray Rice and his [wife] to be better from it.”
Gay, who is in his eighth NFL season, has worked with the Women's Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh.
The Ravens released Rice on Monday after TMZ released surveillance footage of him hitting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City hotel elevator. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely hours after the video was made public.
- Paul Palladino