Janay Palmer-Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, broke her silence about the controversy surrounding her husband, who was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video of him knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino elevator was released by TMZ this week.
Janay Rice has broken her silence surrounding the controversy involving her husband, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
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The Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after a TMZ video of him knocking his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator surfaced this week. Mrs. Rice posted her sentiments on her Instagram account on Sept. 9 (as reported by The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson):
"In an emotional message, the wife former Ravens running back Ray Rice broke her silence Tuesday morning, one day after Rice's contract was terminated and he was indefinitely suspended by the NFL.
"Those events followed a graphic video surfacing in which Rice punched his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, whom he later married and now has his last name. The couple has been in counseling since the incident in February, which occurred at Revel Casino, which has since closed, in Atlantic City, N.J.
"The Baltimore Sun has verified that the following unabridged message from her official Instagram account is from Janay Rice and was intended to be released publicly:
"'I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend,' Janay Rice wrote. 'But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in 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 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, embarass 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!'"
CSN Baltimore Ravens Insider Clifton Brown spoke with Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith and defensive end Chris Canty on Sept. 8 to get their sentiments on the Ray Rice situation:
"Emotions in the Ravens locker room Monday ranged from shock and sadness to disappointment and concern. Ray Rice, one of the team's cornerstones for years, was no longer a Raven. Here are some of the most poignant comments from his former teammates:
"Wide receiver Torrey Smith is perhaps Rice's closest friend on the team.
"'I still got to support him to a certain extent,' said Smith, when asked his reaction to seeing the video. 'Still my brother, definitely disappointed by what you saw. He's been punished in many ways, and he's going to be punished by many people. We're all disappointed. It's probably the roughest time of his life, so you still got to be there to support him.
"'We tend to forget. We all focus on Ray, but it's still a victim in Janay (Rice's wife). She's like a sister to my wife. We're trying to support her. Everyone's stunned.'
"Defensive end Chris Canty was visibly upset talking about the situation.
"'It was a deplorable act, he made a terrible error in judgment,' Canty said. 'It's easy in this situation to point a finger a blame, rather than extend a hand of help. Clearly this is something that they're going to need help (with). They've been seeking help, they will continue to do so.
"'We've got to question the judgment of some of the media outlets for continuous re-airing of the incident, forcing Janay, the victim, to relive that physical and emotional abuse. I think that's awful. It's just a really sad day. Domestic violence is something that's touched me in my life. It's all very sad.'"
The 27-year-old Rice spent six seasons with the Ravens. He rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns on 1,430 carries, per ESPN stats.
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