Ray Rice's Wife Defends Husband, Bashes Media For Coverage
"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"
Ray Rice's wife is defending her husband a day after a video surfaced that shows the running back brutally punching her. In comments on her private Instagram account, Janay Rice has also condemned the media for its coverage of the incident.
"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself," Janay Rice writes in an Instagram post, a screengrab of which was posted by Buzzfeed. "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 every day 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!"
While Janay Rice's account is private, several news outlets — including ESPN, Fox Sports and The Baltimore Sun, have reported that the statement came from her, with The Sun adding that it verified that the message is from Janay and was intended to be released publicly.
Shocking video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee surfaced on Monday, with the Ravens quickly cutting the controversial running back and the NFL suspending him indefinitely.
On NBC's Today show on Tuesday morning, Vice President Joe Biden said he agreed with the league's move.
"The NFL did the right thing. Whether it was for the right reason, spontaneous enough or not, they had no choice," Biden told Today's Tamron Hall in an interview to discuss the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, legislation he helped craft as a Delaware senator.
Since the surveillance video emerged Monday, reports have questioned how much NFL officials, including commissioner Roger Goodell, knew about the video prior to TMZ posting it on Monday.
Patriots owner Bob Kraft, appearing on CBS This Morning, said that he spoke to Goodell on Monday and the commissioner "had no knowledge of this video."
Ray Rice also spoke to ESPN’s Josina Anderson Tuesday morning and said the following, which ESPN’s NFL account tweeted:
Our Josina Anderson spoke to Ray Rice this morning. pic.twitter.com/Meh2EqjlXW— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) September 9, 2014
12:32 p.m. Updated with Ray Rice's comments to ESPN's Josina Anderson