The co-founders of A Call to Men, an organization that strives for men to end violence against women, are backing former Ravens running back Ray Rice in his attempted return to the NFL.
Tony Porter and Ted Bunch, the co-founders of A Call to Men, have worked with Rice since November and believe he is ready to return to the league.
“We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive,” Porter told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He’s deserving of it.”
Rice has become a symbol of domestic abuse over the last year since the video of him dragging his beaten wife out of a hotel elevator was released last February. However, over the past nine months, Rice has spoken at his alma maters, Rutgers and New Rochelle High School, describing the positive manner in which he has learned from his mistakes and refocused his life.
“He’s held himself accountable,” Bunch said. “He is saying everything that you would want him to say and doing everything that you would want him to do. So why wouldn’t he deserve another chance? His work in the area of educating young men is more important than him getting back on the field. He knows that and has said that to us. He is seeing the bigger picture. He has a desire to compete again, but also to make a difference in the world.
“This is what mistakes should be about: learning from them and teaching others. We’ve been in front of a lot of batterers. He is as transparent as I’ve seen, and as sincere as I’ve seen.”
Though multiple teams reportedly have inquired about Rice, none have stepped up to sign him since he was cut by the Ravens last September. Between his noted domestic violence charges and his 3.1 yards per carry in 2013, teams have been wary of Rice’s baggage. However, Porter believes Rice is in better shape, both physically and mentally, and he is ready to rejoin the NFL.
“We’ll catch flak for this,” Porter said. “A lot of people think we should kick him to the curb and his name should be mud forever. But how great would it be if everyone who made a mistake made it their mission to make sure a million people don’t make the same mistake? To use the influence that he has, what a great way to correct that wrong. And that’s what Ray has committed himself to doing. His intentions are real, his heart is pure, and we’re going to help him to move forward so he can have a positive impact on the next generation of manhood.”
MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: White Sox at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
MLB: Yankees at Rangers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Soccer: International Champions Cup, Inter Milan vs. Real Madrid, 8 a.m. (FS1)
Jackson tweeted an apology Sunday after getting into a confrontation with fans outside a downtown Cooperstown restaurant Friday night and unleashing an obscenity-laced tirade.
Tweeted Jackson: A sincere apology for my profanity in public to all fans. Certainly not a way to communicate. Mad or not, no excuse.
Jackson, 69, was signing autographs when he spotted a fan he believed was trying to get multiple signatures.
“I signed for one guy and he ran to the end of the [expletive] line,” Jackson complained. “That’s [expletive] up. Now it’s my time to eat dinner with people I don’t see but once a [expletive] year for 20 years and I’ve got to [expletive] … Listen, it’s dirty, it feels like [expletive], it really does. Stand in [expletive] line tomorrow and pay like everyone [expletive] else.”
As Jackson got into his car, a brief scuffle ensued between a fan and one of Jackson’s security personnel.
Froome won by 1 minute, 12 seconds over Colombia’s Nairo Quintana — who was runner-up to Froome in 2013 as well.
“The Maillot Jaune is special, very special,” Froome said of the famous yellow jersey signifying the race leader. “I understand its history, good and bad. I will always respect it.”
Froome, who was dogged by accusations of doping en route to the title, became the third British winner in four years as he fought off a late charge from Quintana, the 25-year-old who was named best young rider.
“He’s a great rival,” Quintana said of the 30-year-old Froome. “He suffered a lot to win.”
Players interested in representing the U.S. in next summer’s Olympics are expected to attend the Aug. 11-13 minicamp, even if they are not able to participate due to injury.
Previous reports indicated Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Rockets guard James Harden and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is recovering from a knee injury, would attend as well. Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson also are expected to appear.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On July 27, 1969, the Red Sox outlasted the Seattle Pilots in 20 innings, 5-3, with Joe Lahoud delivering the key hit, a two-run home run in the top of the 20th. Ray Culp started for Boston and pitched 10 innings of one-run ball but did not factor in the decision. Which former Cy Young winner got the win after pitching the final three innings, despite allowing two runs?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Boston, I don’t have enough words to say how much I love you. … It’s a great honor to be here. It’s a great moment not only for me, for my family, it’s a great moment for the Dominican Republic and Latin America.” — Red Sox legend Pedro Martinez, on his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Boston Herald Patriots beat writer Jeff Howe joins NFL Sunday with Greg Dickerson and Chris Price to discuss the Tom Brady appeal and this week's upcoming Training Camp open for the Patriots.
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WEEI.com's Mike Petraglia joins Chris Price and Greg Dickerson on NFL Sunday to preview this week's opening of Patriots Training Camp
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