Janay Palmer, wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, has come forward with a statement on her husband's termination. Rice was fired following a video showing his abuse of Palmer in an elevator surfaced online yesterday.
Palmer posted this to her Instagram, under the caption "Hurt beyond words,"
I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. 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 [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday 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 a horrific [thing]. 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! Ravens nation we love you!"
A shorter video, released in February following the incident, showed Rice dragging then fiancée Palmer unconscious out of the elevator. That first video led to two game suspension from the NFL. Yesterday, the suspension was increased to "indefinite." NFL and Ravens officials claim they never saw the complete tape showing the violence inside the elevator.
Palmer and Rice were married in March. On May 23, she appeared beside him to offer support at a press conference addressing the incident. That same day, the Baltimore Ravens tweeted that "Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident." Yesterday, after cutting Rice from the team, they deleted that tweet
Rice has not yet commented on his new suspension.
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