Ray Rice's wife Janay has hit out at the media today in the wake of her husband's release and suspension from first the Baltimore Ravens and then the entire NFL yesterday.
In a statement published via her official Instagram account, Janay placed the blame for Ray Rice's expulsion from the NFL firmly at the feet of those who had , in her words, "make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday."
Ray Rice's loss of employment came after TMZ published previously unseen footage of the player striking Janay Rice in an Atlanta Casino elevator.
The full statement reads as follows:
"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 of for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific.
"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! Ravensnation we love you!"
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Ray Rice's brutal assault on his then fiancée in an Atlanta casino was first reported back in February, with video footage showing the Ravens running back dragging a seemingly unconscious Janay out of an elevator sparking outrage.
Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault and suspended by the NFL for two games in the subsequent months but his wife has stood by him on several instances since.
The pair held a joint press conference in May in which Janay actually apologized for her role in the altercation. At the time the Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter account were seen to place some of the blame on Janay herself, posting the following message on May 23rd which brought with it huge criticism:
"Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident."
Janay's Instagram post Tuesday however is the first time she has spoken publicly about the assault since the press conference.
Ray Rice's two game suspension had long been seen as too lenient by many and with TMZ releasing actual footage of the assault his intensified.
Both the Baltimore Ravens and NFL were quick to act this week after insisting that they had not seen the incriminating footage prior to yesterday.