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What to think about Ray Rice

Were Ravens star's actions a tragic mistake or proof of the man's true character?

Originally Published: August 7, 2014
By Kevin Van Valkenburg | ESPN The Magazine

THREE YEARS AGO, when I was still a writer with The Baltimore Sun and Ray Rice was famous only for playing football, we sat on stools about a foot apart in the Ravens locker room and talked about how, as a kid growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., he'd been something of a speed chess prodigy.

Rice told me how much he loved the game, that he still regularly played it on his iPhone. It helped him relax, he said, but it also encouraged him to work through problems in a strategic ...

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