Chris Brown has weighed in on the controversy surrounding footballer Ray Rice, offering advice and drawing on his own experiences following his 2009 assault conviction. During an interview with MTV, Brown was asked for his opinion on the former Baltimore Raven, who was cut from the team and suspended by the NFL this week after a video emerged showing him hitting his then-fiancee.

Chris BrownChris Brown offered advice to Ray Rice

"I think it's all about the choices you make," Brown said to MTV’s Sway. “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.”

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"I think help is great," he continued. "I still talk to my therapist twice a week, and it helps me to...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.’”

Brown finished by offering some final advice 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. 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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Brown's problems have been much publicised since 2009 when he was sentenced to five years probation after assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. He has since had several more run-ins with the law including pleading guilty earlier this month to hitting a man outside a Washington hotel, he was later sentenced to time served over the incident.