Ray Rice’s wife, Janay, took to Instagram to vent her frustrations and say she felt isolated in the wake of her husband indefinite suspension from the NFL, which was the result of him punching her so hard, he knocked his wife out.
But now, an unlikely person has reached out to the football player to offer advice—since he’s been in a similar situation.
Chris Brown, who infamously assaulted then-girlfriend Rihanna on the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards, sat down with MTV News to offer words of wisdom to the troubled football player.
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“I think it’s all about the choices you make,” the singer explained. “With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past—not knowing how to express myself verbally and at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they are.”
According to the 25-year-old, getting help in the form of therapy was a life-changing decision.
“So I think help is great,” he said.
“I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me… If I’m frustrated and I’m dealing with something, to vent and say what I’m going through so I can hear from an actual clinical person, ‘this is how you should react,’ or ‘it’s good to feel this way because feelings, emotions, and energy are supposed to come and go. It’s not supposed to stay there, you’re not supposed to keep it inside, because it’ll bottle up and you’ll become a monster.’”
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Chris made it clear that he’s not a position to judge—nor is he an expert. He’s just someone who has been in a similar position, and therefore can offer perspective.
“For anybody who’s going through that situation or anybody who’s dealing with it — it’s all about the choices. Every situation is different but it’s all about the choices you make and how you control your anger,” he said.
“To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road. I deal with situations and I’ve made my mistakes too, but it’s all about how you push forward and how you control yourself.”