"I understand why it was being said early on about, you know, 'Is this a ploy to get back into football?' And I'll be the first one to say it. I don't have to retire to tell you I'm done with football," Rice told "CBS This Morning" on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.
The ex-Raven started to appear in headlines again after a video released in November showed Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel. Hunt was subsequently dropped from the team and went unclaimed on waivers. Baltimore released Rice in 2014 after casino footage showed him punching and kicking his then-fiancee, Janay Rice, and dragging her out of an elevator.
"Well, obviously, you know, you look back and you see the similarities," Rice said. "Early on you could feel like, 'Why they keep bringing my name up?' You can make excuses or you can actually do the hard work."
Ray, who did the interview with Janay, said he hates the version of himself he sees on the tapes.
"I hate that person. I hate him. Somewhere down the line everybody who's sayin', 'Does he deserve a second chance for football?' and this, that, and the other - I actually got my second chance," he said, referring to his marriage to Janay weeks after the assault.
He says he shared his story with the NFL as part of the league's domestic violence education program.
"I know they are working with groups to try to get more of an understanding. And they're doing the work," Ray said.