‘THIS IS OUR LIFE,’ writes Janay Rice in a statement on her Instagram, in a shocking defense of the man who was caught on camera punching her in the face and knocking her out cold. Ray Rice’s wife is not happy about his suspension from the NFL, and she is firing back.
Following his indefinite suspension, Ray Rice‘s wife, Janay, has spoken out on Instagram to defend her husband. Her statement is pretty shocking, considering the video which got him booted from the NFL does not leave a whole lot to interpretation — Ray was caught on film abusing his then-fiancée. However, Janay is lashing out at the media for its coverage of the event and for the “unwanted” opinions from a stunned public — read her full statement below.
Ray Rice: Wife Janay Rice Blames Media & Defends Husband In Lengthy Statement
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she allegedly wrote on Sept. 8 on her private Instagram, as quoted by BuzzFeed.
Referring to Ray’s suspension, she goes on to write:
“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 of 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!”
Of course, we certainly can’t speak for Janay or her intentions, but we have to wonder why she’s so staunchly defending a man who cold-cocked her and then carelessly dragged her unconscious body out of an elevator, at one point even appearing to kick it. Hers definitely appear to be comments fairly typical for an abuse victim.
Ray, 27, was suspended for the first two games of the NFL season after footage was released in February by TMZ of the Baltimore Ravens running back dragging his then-fiancée’s unconscious body out of an elevator. Full footage was released on September 8 which saw Ray knocking Janay out cold after she hit her head on the support bar in the elevator.
The two married after the incident, in March, with Ray announcing in May: “We were blessed to work it out together. And though we know [no] relationship is perfect, me and Janay together — what counseling had done for us — we want the world to see that definitely did help us out,” reported USA Today.
As Ray made his statement, his two-year-old daughter, Ravyn, was also present — and reportedly crying.
While we sympathize with Janay and with Ravyn, it’s difficult to feel badly for Ray given the video evidence. It’s hard to imagine that a one-time incident ends in a knockout punch; it’s not as if Janay was simply pushed during a heated argument — she was punched. Twice.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was roundly criticized for his role in Ray’s initially light punishment. Public figures like Seth Rogen questioned his decision to suspend a player for two games for domestic abuse while Josh Gordon of the Cleveland Browns was suspended for the entire 2014 season for testing positive for marijuana for a second time.
Roger later admitted that he “didn’t get it right” when deciding Ray’s punishment, which is not really a comfort considering the light this sheds on the NFL’s position behind domestic abuse.
Update: Ray Rice Speaks Out For First Time Since Video Surfaced
While Janay was quick to jump to Ray’s defense, nothing had been heard from the former running back. According to the Daily Mail, on Sept. 9, Ray spoke on the phone to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
He reportedly told her, “I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong. We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.” He then handed the phone to Janay who said, “I love my husband. I support him… I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter.”
If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233; operators are standing by 24/7.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think about this mess? What do you think about Janay’s statement? Leave your thoughts below.
— Amanda Michelle Steiner