Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to a charge of third-degree aggravated assault after surveillance video at an Atlantic City casino showed him dragging then-fiancée Janay Palmer seemingly unconscious from an elevator.

Rice, who will enter a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders, appeared before the press Friday afternoon to read a prepared statement. “One thing I can say is that sometimes in life, you will fail,” said Rice. “But I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down; it’s not getting up.”

As Yahoo Sports’ Eric Edholm observed, “He used a metaphor about being knocked down in a press conference apologizing for an incident in which he allegedly knocked his wife unconscious. Worst possible choice of words? Confirmed.”

Not helping matters was the Twitter feed of the Ravens, which relayed Janay’s apology for her part in the incident.

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