NEW YORK (PIX11) – Ray Rice made an emotional appeal to the public Tuesday in his first public statement since he was released and suspended after TMZ posted disturbing video of him punching his wife inside an Atlantic City elevator.
“I have to be strong for my wife,” Rice said, according to a statement given to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “She is so strong. We are in Good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”
Rice’s wife, Janay, took the phone from Ray and apparently told Anderson, “I love my husband. I support him . . . I want people to respect our privacy in this matter.”
Janay Rice went on a passionate tear via Instagram earlier in the day, ripping the media and public for making them “relive a moment in our lives that we regret everday (sic) is a horrible thing.”