Ray Rice’s wife defends husband

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BALTIMORE — Janay Rice wants everyone to know that she and suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will “show the world what real love is” calling their situation a “nightmare.”

Janay Rice defended her man on Instagram  Tuesday morning, one day after a shocking video was obtained and released by TMZ that showed Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face inside an elevator of an Atlantic City, N.J., casino. The two are now married.

As part of her Instagram statement, Janay Rice said: “If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels.”

In response to texts sent to him on Tuesday, Rice texted CNN sports journalist Rachel Nichols: “I’m just holding strong for my wife and kid that’s all I can do right now.”


Previously, only video from outside of the elevator, showing Ray Rice dragging Janay Rice (then Janay Palmer) out of the elevator, was shown. But Monday’s video prompted outcry at the NFL, which only suspended Rice the first two games of the season.

The Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL then suspended Rice indefinitely.

In the video, the 220-pound athlete delivers a left-handed blow to the face of Janay Palmer, appearing to knock her unconscious.

The incident took place on Feb. 15 at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

The pair married on March 28, one day after a grand jury indicted Rice on an aggravated assault charge.

Rice avoided jail time by entering a pretrial diversionary program.

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