Rice has strong advice to Hardy

NEW YORK (AP) Ray Rice says he would encourage Greg Hardy to examine the ''severity of domestic violence.''

Rice told WFAN radio Thursday morning that Hardy has to be ''sincere'' in his actions on and off the field.

''You don't have to win another football game, you don't need another dollar to go out and make a difference in other peoples' lives,'' Rice said.

Hardy got a second chance with the Dallas Cowboys after missing 14 games last season while with Carolina due to a domestic case. He served a four-game suspension from the NFL to begin this year after his 10-game suspension was reduced.

Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Ravens last year when a video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancee in an elevator. His suspension was later overturned by a neutral arbitrator, but he hasn't signed with another team.

The three-time Pro Bowl running back still wants to play and stopped short of saying he's being blackballed by the NFL.

''What I've done over the entire year is understand the severity of domestic violence,'' Rice said. ''I really did a lot of research and counseling, whatever I had to do. I think it is a total rehabilitation. Domestic violence is very real. It was just one time for me, and it was the worst decision I ever made. That one bad decision, everything I had done good in my life had gone to waste.''

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