Bold words. Janay Rice took to Instagram on Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, to speak out on the headline-making scandal involving her husband, former Ravens player Ray Rice, and herself.
"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay wrote in a text box posted via Instagram. "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."
Ray was dropped from the Baltimore Ravens' roster on Monday, Sept. 8, and suspended from the NFL, when video footage surfaced showing him punching his then-fiancée Janay in an elevator. Read the Ravens’ head coach’s reaction to the shocking video.
"THIS IS OUR LIFE!" she continued. "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!"
The newly released video brought questions to light as to how the NFL originally handled the horrific incident. In July, Ray was handed a minor two-game suspension on account of his behavior.
The stronger punishment was dealt only after TMZ obtained footage of Ray's misdeed and shared it on Monday. A spokesman for the NFL tweeted soon after on behalf of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: "Roger Goodell has announced that based on new video evidence that became available today he has indefinitely suspended Ray Rice."
The White House also commented on the incident, according to NBC Washington. "The president is the father of two daughters, and like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. "Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football, and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."
For help with domestic violence issues, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
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