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Chris Brown (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for MTV) Right: Ray Rice (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

During a recent interview with MTV News, Chris Brown weighed in on the issue surrounding Ray Rice and gave his thoughts on the football player’s indefinite suspension from the NFL.

The former Baltimore Raven was suspended following the release of a video showing him punching his then-fiancée, Janay, knocking her out.

Brown has had his own issues with violence. In 2009, he assault his then-girlfiend Rihanna, landing him five years probation.

During the recent interview, Brown was asked about what he had learned from his past experience.

“I think it’s all about the choices you make,” he responded. “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.”

Brown added that getting help is great, saying he sees a therapist twice a week to help him when he’s frustrated or when he’s dealing with something.

He said that it helps to vent and say what he is going through, so an actual clinical person can tell him: “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.”

The singer said that dealing with his anger issues and understanding himself, the life he has been through, where he is headed and where he wants to be has helped him focus on what is really important and “not F up.”

He concluded by giving his insight to Rice.

“To Ray, or anybody else — because I’m not better than the next man — I can just say I’ve been down that road,” he 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.”

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