Janay Rice, wife of suspended NFL player Ray Rice who was dropped by the Baltimore Ravens following a video that surfaced online showing him knock her out with a punch during a fight in February, 2014 has reacted calling the situation a “nightmare.”
She posted a statement on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 online :
“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 a horrific (sic),” she wrote.
Rice has not only been suspended indefinitely by the NLF but one of his major sponsors, Nike, is also cutting ties.
Janay is directing her anger at both the public and the media saying she now feels like she’s mourning the death of her closest friend.
“No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family,” she wrote.
But she said her family will “continue to grow & show the world what real love is.”
“THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote. “What don’t you all get.”
According to CNN reports, Janay Rice defended her husband during a press meeting with ESPN.
“I love my husband. I support him,” Janay Rice said, according to the network. “I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter.”
However, the NFL is currently facing criticism from the public when they denied seeing the surveillance footage of the elevator fight between Rice and his wife until TMZ Sports published it.
However, Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti apologised to fans in a letter posted on the team’s website on Tuesday, September 9, 2014.
He said efforts to get the surveillance footage from the casino, police and prosecutors, had been futile and the team eventually decided to wait until court proceedings ended before carrying out its own investigation.
“Seeing that video changed everything. We should have seen it earlier. We should have pursued our own investigation more vigorously. We didn’t and we were wrong,” he said.