Michael Vick has worked with the Humane Society in an attempt to set a better example for kids after spending time in prison for his previous involvement in a dog-fighting ring. Now, he's hoping Ray Rice will make a similar effort moving forward.
The New York Jets quarterback was asked about Rice's situation after the Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended for two games by the NFL following a highly publicized instance of domestic violence earlier this year.
Dom Cosentino of NJ.com, who makes it clear the line of questioning was not meant to compare or downplay the severity of the incidents, provided Vick's response when asked what Rice should do:
"I think the most important thing that you can do is to try to make amends for what you've done," Vick said. "I think you have to show people that you're trying to help yourself and bring awareness to that situation to help others, to prevent it. You've got to become an advocate."
ESPN.com reported back in March that the charge of third-degree aggravated assault carried a potential penalty of three to five years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Cosentino notes Rice was able to avoid jail time by taking part in a pre-trial intervention program.
Rice has made limited comments about his actions since they came to light in February. He did make a statement in May, which was passed along by Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun, and stated he would work to gain back trust.
There were a lot of tears shed, but me and Janay can truly say that we're in a better place. Hopefully, one day I'll gain back everyone's trust to let you all know that we're still the same people, and I'm still the same person. I really treat my job as a very special job, and I failed miserably. But I wouldn't call myself a failure, because I'm working my way back up.
He also addressed the media on July 31 after Ravens practice and apologized for his actions:
"That night, that's not me, my actions were inexcusable and that's something I'll have to live with the rest of my life." Ray Rice #LIVEonSC— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) July 31, 2014
Ray Rice says he made a huge mistake and "wants to own it"— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) July 31, 2014
More Ray Rice: "I let the whole Baltimore community down...I let my teammates down..."— Charlie Kaye (@CharlieKayeCBS) July 31, 2014
Vick believes the Ravens star will need to make a public effort of standing up against domestic violence in order to repair his image.
"You've got to continue to make amends," he said. "Once you start something, you can never go back. I feel like I've become an advocate of animal welfare, and I think I have to continue that.
"It's all about keeping kids 15 years from now from doing the same. We've saved a lot of kids, and we've saved a lot of animals. That's how I feel. Ray will make it right. He'll do everything he can to make this situation whole again."
Whether that's something Rice is interested in doing remains unclear. Vick is someone who has gone through his own ordeal as a result of a mistake. He's now offering his advice to Rice on how he thinks he should move forward.