Ray Rice breaks silence after release from Ravens, NFL suspension

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23:  Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay (not pictured) at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

OWINGS MILLS, MD – MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay (not pictured) at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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.”

 

 

 

 

6 comments

  • Sabrina Michaels

    The question is now, how will he support his wife and daughter? By his choice, look how many were affected by it. His sports career is gone. I pray that both he and his wife get the help that they need so they will not resort to violence against each other again. Ever! Mostly for their daughter who may grow up thinking she must be hit by men. So sad!

  • John

    Your wife is not strong you moron, you soccer punched her flat out. Mrs Rice, why all the anger at the media, your husband soccer punch you flat out. Maybe you should be angry with him.

  • Rex

    The NFL needs to send a strong message here that this kind of crap will not be tolerated. I say get rid of the thugs and bring some respect back to the game. Tired of all the BS with these guys. No real man hits a woman. Also, don’t think for a minute this will be a one-time thing with this jerk. These guys can’t help themselves – once an abuser, always an abuser. The only reason he apologetic is because he wants his job back.

    • yvonne

      you are so right, get rid of these thugs, this needs to end now! take a brothra from the hood but can’t take the hood out of the brotha..old but so true..young men need to lead with morals and be real men, but the problem is they don’t know what a real man is..so sad and this is not a black or white thing, its about being a real man, no color needed,,just be a real man

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