Rashee Rice’s first comments at Chiefs camp ring hollow: ‘Mistakes happen’

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice faces multiple felony charges for a six-vehicle crash he was involved in in Dallas. Rice was reportedly speeding at 119 MPH just seconds before the crash. Rice was driving a Lamborghini Urus and it is alleged that he was racing former SMU wide receiver Teddy Knox, who was going 116 MPH. The couple left a series of victims in their wake.

A woman was stranded on the side of the road with her 4-year-old son for five hours and suffered injuries to her head, neck and back. At least one other victim suffered serious bodily injuries that will affect her for the rest of her life, as she is dealing with “a lifetime of limited mobility and vision for an extended and undetermined period of time while she seeks treatment,” according to ESPN.

It’s been a long offseason for Rice, who won the Super Bowl in his second year with the Chiefs. Rice also faces assault allegations related to an incident at a Dallas nightclub. Fortunately for Rice, the other party involved does not want charges filed against the Chiefs wide receiver.

It’s important to understand the severity of the mistakes Rice has made this offseason, as well as the lives he has changed forever. At least someone will.

Rice spoke at Chiefs practice Saturday and called his actions “a mistake.”

“I’ve learned a lot from that,” Rice said. “All I can do is mature and continue to grow from that. This is a step in a better direction for me.”

I have no problem with this statement. Rice is right, all he can do is move on and be a better person and community member. One action – or even a series of them – does not define Rice as a human being. However, the way he accepts responsibility for those actions is.

“Accidents and things like that happen, but all you can do is keep going and walk around being the same person, try to be positive so everyone can feel your love and your great energy,” Rice said.

Accidents happen, but it is difficult to classify this car accident as such. Rice and his friend were driving almost twice the legal speed limit on a busy highway. The victims described above were not injured (in some cases their lives changed forever) due to an accident.

In many ways, Rice is lucky that this incident wasn’t much worse.