Years after Chris Brown received five years probation in 2009 for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna, the singer is speaking out about Ray Rice's assault against his wife Janay Rice.
The Baltimore Ravens running back caused one heck of a stir earlier this week when TMZ Sports leaked a video showing him assaulting Janay in an elevator. The NFL responded by cutting and suspending him indefinitely. Now, Chris is giving his take.
"I think it's all about the choices you make," the "Loyal" crooner told MTV News' Sway Calloway ."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."
Chris said "help is great" and he still talks to his therapist twice a week. "For me, it helps me if I'm frustrated or dealing with someone to vent and say what I'm going through, so I can hear from an actual clinical person like 'This is how you should react,' or 'it's good to feel this way because feelings, energy and emotions 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.'"
"Dealing with my anger issues and understanding myself and the life I've been through and where I'm headed and where I want to be has helped me really focus on what's important," he continued.
"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."
In the video of Ray assaulting Janay, he appears to punch his wife in the face and drag her out of the elevator unconscious. Following the release of Ray's video, the NFL changed its personal conduct policies related to domestic violence.