PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) – Steelers Cornerback William Gay is all too familiar with domestic violence, as he lost his own mother due to domestic violence when he was just 7 years old.
Today, Gay spoke out in the Steelers locker room about the latest Ray Rice video that has surfaced and his thoughts on the situation.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Cold Temperatures On The Way
“I’m totally against domestic violence, my mom passed away from domestic violence,” Gay said. “That was wrong of him. But at the end of the day, we don’t need to run away from Ray Rice. He needs help.”
Gay added he’s praying for Rice and hoping he can get the help he needs to correct the issues he has.
“Best of luck to Ray Rice, we’re praying for him and his wife,” he said. “They’re in a tough situation. We just hope he comes out great and becomes better.”
It would be natural for someone like Gay to feel anger towards Rice given his own history with domestic violence, but he lends more sympathy to the situation saying they need to work to get Rice and anyone else guilty of this help so it doesn’t happen again.
“Not angry, we just need to know that it’s real. It can happen and we need to come together and help Ray Rice or anyone who is in this situation.”
Gay also reflected on the NFL and how this makes them look.
“I don’t care about a sport when it comes to domestic violence. This is real. Someone can lose their life. I’m not concerned about the sport, I’m concerned about real life.”
Gay went on to say he plans on reaching out to Rice because he wants to help be part of the solution that prevents something like this from happening again.
“I’m going to reach out (to Ray Rice). I love trying to prevent domestic violence and I’m going to give a talk and let him know on my end how it hurt me and changed my life.”READ MORE: Pfizer, BioNTech Begin Clinical Trial For Omicron-Specific COVID-19 Vaccine
Gay is involved in the Women’s Center and Shelter in Pittsburgh and has been an advocate against domestic violence throughout his career.
Click the audio link below to hear more from Gay on Ray Rice and how the league is handling the situation.