Ray Rice’s Wife Defends Him in Statement, Slams Media
A day after explicit video footage surfaced showing Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious, prompting the Baltimore Ravens to release the running back and the NFL to suspend him indefinitely, Janay Rice made her first public comments where she defended her husband and criticized the media.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing.
“To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
The video released by TMZ Sports shows Ray punching his now wife while inside an elevator.
The video begins with both Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer in the face. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her back and she falls to the floor.
Previously, TMZ Sports had released hotel surveillance video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator.
Initially, Ray had been suspended by the league for two games, a controversial move that led to widespread criticism of the league and its punishment for domestic violence cases.
However, the new video, which the league tells CNN had not been seen by them until Monday, called for a more severe action.
“The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon,” the team announced via Twitter.
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
Rice was in the middle of a 5-year $50 million contract signed with the Ravens in 2012.
The most shocking thing you might read all day is the apparent statement from Ray Rice’s wife pic.twitter.com/ZmxOi5nBYI
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) September 9, 2014
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