Chris Brown Wades Into Ray Rice Scandal: "I've Been Down That Road"
"For anybody who's going through that situation or anybody who's dealing with it — it's all about the choices"
On Thursday, CBS pulled the use of a Rihanna song from the opening of its Thursday Night Football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, avoiding starting the broadcast with the voice of someone who's been the victim of domestic violence days after a shocking video surfaced of former Ravens running back Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee.
Many have pointed out that Rihanna's involvement in the broadcast was an unfortunate choice in light of the scandal over the Rice incident and the NFL's treatment thereof, which was the focus of most of the pregame show. Now Chris Brown has linked his 2009 pre-Grammys Rihanna attack to the Ray Rice scandal.
On Thursday, MTV News' Sway Calloway asked Brown, who was sentenced to five years of probation and one year of counseling after pleading guilty to assaulting Rihanna, what advice he had for Rice.
Brown, who has a history of violent behavior, said it's all about anger management.
“I think it’s all about the choices you make. With me, I deal with a lot of anger issues from my past — not knowing how to express myself verbally but at the same time not knowing how to cope with my emotions and deal with them and understand what they were," he said. “For me, dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I’ve been through, where I’m headed and where I want to be has helped me focus on what’s really important and not F up. 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."
Just two years after he beat Rihanna, Brown bristled and refused to answer questions about the assault from Good Morning America's Robin Roberts — and later trashed his dressing room and broke a window.
Addressing Rice, Brown 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."
He added that he found it helpful to talk to a therapist, so you don't bottle up your feelings and "become a monster."
Brown recently struck another plea deal for assaulting a man outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
Watch Brown's full interview below.