Ray Rice’s wife Janay slams his punishment for violence against her

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Janay Rice & Ray Rice (Credit: TMZ)

(CNN) — Janay Rice, wife of suspended NFL player Ray Rice, apparently posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram calling the situation a “nightmare.”

“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.

The Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice on Monday after a video surfaced showing him knocking her out with a punch in February.

The Instagram post, reported by various media, appeared to be authentic.

“No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family,” Janay Rice wrote. “To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing.”

She added in the Instagram post: “THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get.”

Ray Rice was originally suspended for two games, a punishment that many considered too lenient.

Rice was just weeks away from returning to the gridiron when the new video surfaced and the Ravens and the NFL acted more severely.

Rice was released by the Ravens, and the NFL suspended him indefinitely from football.

The new video shows the football player punching Janay Rice, who was his fiancée at the time, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.

She appears to lunge at him, and he strikes her so hard she drops to the ground face first, then he appears to drag her limp body out of the elevator.

There is no audio on the TMZ tape.

A new tape?

However, The Associated Press reported Tuesday that the news organization has viewed a longer, “higher-quality” video with audio given to it by an anonymous source that shows the couple yelling obscenities at each other in the elevator.

In the video AP viewed, she spits on him, and he punches her, the story said.

“Rice made no attempt to cover up the incident,” the AP reported.

After Janay Rice collapses, Rice appears to pull her out of the elevator and is met by hotel staff, according to the AP.

One of the staffers can be heard saying, “She’s drunk, right?” and then, “No cops.”

Rice did not respond, the AP said.

At a press conference in July after the first video emerged, Rice said his actions were “inexcusable” and that the two were in counseling.

“We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward,” Rice said then. “My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles.”

Janay Rice’s reaction

On Tuesday, TMZ published a report, citing anonymous sources, saying that casino officials were never asked by the NFL for the video showing Rice punching his future wife. Had the request been made, TMZ reported, the tape would have been handed over.

Reacting Tuesday morning in a statement, Brian McCarthy, NFL vice president of corporate communications, said: “Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police. Any videos related to an ongoing criminal investigation are held in the custody of the state police. As we said yesterday: We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us.”

Many are blasting the NFL and how Commissioner Roger Goodell have handled the punishment of Rice.

Rice and his fiancée were arrested and charged with simple assault after the February 15 elevator incident.

On February 19, TMZ published a video that showed the football player dragging her out of the elevator.

In early March, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh defended his player: “Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we’ve seen so far is very consistent with what he said.”

Later that month, a grand jury indicted Rice on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault, and the charge against Janay Rice was dropped. The couple were married the next day.

Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault and applied to a program for first-time offenders that could clear him of charges in as little as one year.

In July, the NFL announced Rice would be suspended for two games. Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome called the punishment “significant” but “fair.”

Between the time of his indictment and two-game suspension, the Ravens held a press conference with the couple. The event was tweeted live, including the following: “Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”

On Tuesday, experts in the psychology of domestic violence weighed in, stressing that public pressure or harsh attention now should not be on Janay Rice.

Victims of domestic violence blaming the media or others rather than their abusers happens often, they say.

“This is extremely common, which is why almost every court system in the country has in place a procedure for dealing with victims who recant,” attorney Lisa Bloom said on CNN.

“None of us should judge Janay Rice,” said Bloom, who has handled many domestic violence cases. “I think we should have compassion for her. Frankly, the focus should not be on her. The focus should be on Ray Rice and all of the decision-makers” at the NFL.

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17 comments

  • childof

    That the problem if you think about it we still live as if abuse is OK but it is not when are we going to get to get together and actually stop it I know it is not just women but men as well which those are the quite ones right is right and wrong is wrong let’s stop this abuse it is effecting the young kids

  • Abby R.

    I’m sorry but in my opinion, n I mean “MY” opinion, any woman that can forgive a man who puts their hands in her like that, to the extent of knocking her out cold, outta seek therapy cuz that woman ain’t got her head right for real!! Or she’s just in it for the money. One of the 2. Sad plain sad. Smh. :/

  • kellie

    She doesn’t seem to understand there are consequences to his actions. Maybe that Ravens paycheck made it all worth it. Maybe when his next paycheck comes from Speedway she’ll rethink her decision to stay with a wife beater.

  • Elizabeth L Jackson

    Hmmmm guess your husband should have worked all his life on not knocking women out. Get some help, and get a divorce, but don’t blame the NFL. As a side note, it looked like she slapped him in the hall before the elevator and so I say this to both of them because he has not right to put his hands on her and SHE has not right to put her hands on HIM. Regardless of it can hurt him physically or not.

  • Cherie

    You know it is just sad that she is defending him. But too many women defend they’re abusers.Whatever her motivation is ultimately they have to live with the consequences of they’re decisions. I say leave them alone and either she will end up dead or they will divorce in due time. However I do agree with privacy and thge media shuld stay put of it. I have been abused and takign away they’re job does not help matters. Next he’ll be on the streets dope slanging. Extreme councelign is warranted and maybe a season of suspension but hopefully he will elarn from this and better hislif and they let him back in the NFL. What a loss for everyone including the Ravens.

  • Reagan 84

    This bimbo is nothing but a GOLDDIGGER who only cares about the high life that she will let her NOW husband beat her unconcious and do nothing but stick up for him. I wonder how long this bimbo will stay with her meal ticket now that he is unemployed?

  • diane

    It isnt unusual for the victim to stick up for the abuser…especially in this situation. TheNFL. And the Ravens did the right thing. …I hope he is never allowed to play again….

  • Kathleen

    Of course she is going to defend him-she must to avoid future beatings at home and abuse. She was a fool to marry that man in the first place-zero sympathy for someone who walks in front of a moving train knowing full well you will get hit eventually!

  • Ann Stradal

    you say its you life what don’t we understand???? a man is never suppose to hit a woman!!!! WHAT DONT YOU UNDERSTAND????

  • Sara

    The only reason this story is hitting so big is because it’s someone famous smh…if they were a regular Joe and Jane nobody would care…I.e. a illegal immigrant charged 3 different times, 3 different women, still walks the streets in the U.S.A. carefree…

  • bowielover62

    She is UNBELIEVABLE!!! I can’t understand why she would want to stick up for this low-life thug! She must have a few screws loose! If a so-called “man” hit ME like THAT, and I don’t care what his reason is, he would have been kicked to the curb in less than 10 seconds flat!!!

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