Earlier this week, footage of now-former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice hitting his wife was released — leading to his indefinite suspension from the NFL and a major national discussion about violence against women.
Chris Brown, the person who prompted what was arguably the last big conversation about domestic assault, has now added his voice to the mix.
“I think it’s all about the choices you make,” Chris told MTV News‘ Sway Calloway on Thursday. “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.”
After assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, Chris was sentenced to five years of probation and anger management.
“I think help is great… I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to,” said the 25-year-old. “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.'”
Chris admitted he’s in no position to judge Ray Rice, but hopes Ray learns how to cope with his anger in healthy, nonviolent ways.
“To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road,” Chris said. “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.”