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Ray Rice deserves a second chance, says Cary Williams

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Eagles cornerrback Cary Williams came to the defense of his ex-teammate, Ray Rice.

Jared Wickerham

Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams, who used to be a member of the Baltimore Ravens for several years, was asked about former teammate running back Ray Rice on Wednesday afternoon.

Rice, as we know, was recently released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after TMZ released the video where Rice is seen punching his then-fiancee and now-wife, Janay Palmer, inside of an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on February 15th, 2014.

Here are direct quotes from Williams, via Martin Frank.

"I know that Ray Rice made a mistake. I know him as a man, as a teammate, as a friend. What he showed in that tape was not him. I've been there. I've lost my temper. I've said things that I regret. I've done things that I regret now. I was granted a second chance at life. I think we should do the same thing with this guy. We've gotta understand that we're all at fault. We all make mistakes. We're not perfect … I just pray for him and his family. I hope that they can get through this. If he needs any help from my wife and I, we'll be there."

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"I knew it was something that was going to be bigger than what we had seen in that first video [outside the elevator]. Obviously, because she was passed out. I knew something had to go down, something had to occur in the elevator for her to be knocked out and be unconscious on the floor like that. I was kind of expecting it. It wasn't like it was a surprise. But I was surprised the incident happened because I know Ray and I know his character, and I know he's a great character guy. He's a guy that's always joking, laughing, caring about the guy next to him. A great teammate. Cared about his community and did great things in the community. For him to make a mistake like that, and be crucified, in my opinion, is terrible. But that's the world we live in right now. It's a shame that we've got millions of people thinking they're perfect, and they live the great life, and they've done nothing wrong. I understand that hitting a woman is very, very disrespectful and something that I wouldn't want my daughter to go through either, especially the way that went down. But we've got to also understand that people make mistakes. I'm not condoning anything that he's done. But I can't cast a stone. I'm sinful. I've made mistakes. I'm not perfect."