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Ex-NFL RB Ray Rice wants to help Kareem Hunt

By Alex Butler
Ex-NFL RB Ray Rice wants to help Kareem Hunt
Former Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice has not played since the 2013 season after being released by the team. File photo by Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former NFL star Ray Rice says he wants to help Kareem Hunt, after the former Kansas City Chiefs running back was seen hitting a woman on video.

Hunt was waived by the Chiefs on Friday after TMZ released footage showing the interaction between Hunt and a woman, which occurred in February in Ohio. The 2017 NFL rushing champion could be seen shoving and kicking the woman in the video.

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He was placed on the reserve/commissioner exempt list before being waived. Rice, 31, was released by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 after video surfaced of him punching his then-fiance in an elevator.

Unlike Rice, Hunt was not arrested or charged, though Rice's charges were eventually dropped. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and has not played a down since the 2013 season.

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Rice said there are similarities between his incident and Hunt's,

"You look back at it and obviously you see some similarities between what happened in my situation," Rice told NFL.com. "I'm never going to call myself an expert. I've [publicly] discussed the remorse I have for survivors of domestic violence, but knowing what I know now the top priority is learning that it comes down to those split-second decisions, which come at the most hostile times. And that's where this could be a teaching tool."

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He also gave some advice to Hunt.

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"Peer-to-peer, I would definitely try to help him figure out, 'How can we start dealing with the underlying problems in your life?'" Rice said. "Because he has a long life to live, this will be a defining moment, but it shouldn't be the moment that defines you. For me, I just see you have a long life to live and that doesn't mean just playing football -- you need to just live one day at a time."

Hunt, 23, spoke to ESPN about the incident on Sunday.

"It was just a long night," Hunt said. "To be exact, it don't really matter what happened. I was in the wrong. I could have took responsibility and made the right decision to find a way to de-escalate the situation."

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