ATHENS — Ray Rice, the former NFL tailback who spoke to Georgia’s football team before the season, was paid $1,000 for his appearance in Athens, according to a document released by the school Friday.
Rice spoke to the team on July 25, about a week before the start of practice. The $1,000 came out of the Georgia football budget, according to a letter dated July 25 that UGA released on Friday. That was in answer to an Open Records Request that was made on Aug. 21.
The purpose of Rice’s appearance, head coach Kirby Smart said at the time, was to speak about his experiences, and how to avoid them. Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens early in the 2014 seasaon following the release of a video that showed him punching his fiance’ (now wife), and the video resulted in a scandal that embroiled the NFL. Rice, who played at Rutgers, has not returned to the NFL since.
“We’re trying to use every education piece we can with our players,” Smart said in July. “He’s very good at speaking to a group. From experience, he’s talked to others, I’ve had people call and tell me he’s a really good resource, not only with the domestic violence bit, but being a player in general.”
Rice signed a contract before the 2012 season that gave him a $15 million signing bonus, and earned base salaries of $2 million in 2012 and $1 million in 2013.