NEW YORK (PIX11) - Ray Rice's wife Janay is defending her husband on Instagram, blasting the media and public following the release of a disturbing video that led the Ravens to nullify Rice's contract.
"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," she wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post Tuesday morning. "No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options (sic) from the public has caused my family."
"THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you 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."
Ray Rice, 27, has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL and his contract voided after the release of video from an Atlantic City elevator showing Rice knocking his then-fiance unconscious.
"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 (sic) horrific," she wrote.
The Ravens and the NFL claim not to have seen the surveillance video until TMZ posted it, at which point the team cut the three-time Pro Bowl running back from New Rochelle. The video was taken Feb. 15 inside the now-closed Revel Casino .
The NFL issued the following statement about the surveillance footage:
"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."
According to the New Jersey State Police, however, they were never in possession of the video because they wouldn't have handled a crime occurring in the casino elevator.
"We cover the casino floors, any incidents or crimes outside the casino floors are handled by Atlantic City Police Department," said New Jersey State Police spokesman Jeff Flynn .
The Atlantic City Police Department has not returned any calls.
The Ravens are now organizing a jersey buy-back program after dropping Rice, who was going to make $4 million in the 2014-15 season.