The press conference, tucked in right about the time America was headed home for its Memorial Day weekend, might have gone unnoticed had it not offended just about everybody watching. Rice apologized several times to several people, but most of what he said left the public and media shaking their heads.
First, he started with his apology. But even that went awry, as his owner, general manager and coach got the first mention and he referred to the incident as a "situation me and my wife were in":
At times, Rice sounded more like someone who just lost the Super Bowl rather than someone charged with assaulting his fiancee:
He then managed to find about the worst analogy possible to sum up a situation in which one is allegedly knocked down by one’s partner:
Palmer, now married to Rice, also offered an apology:
We don’t entirely know yet what her role was, but an apology from her felt wrong enough in the moment to create a big reaction.
To add fuel to the fire, the Ravens official account was redistributing these quotes, including Palmer’s apology:
Ray Rice: "I won't call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It's not getting up."