(NEW YORK) — The wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice defended “the man I love” in an online post Tuesday and said Rice’s football ban left her “feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend.”
Janay Rice, who was shown in a video released Monday getting knocked out in an Atlantic City elevator by Rice, posted the statement on Instagram the day after the Ravens terminated his contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.
“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.
She called the attention to their Feb. 15 fight in the Revel Casino Hotel “unwanted.”
“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 a** off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote.
The new video surfaced as the NFL defended itself Tuesday against allegations that it did not try to obtain the video of the punch from the Revel Casino Hotel.
Janay Rice said the stories about their fight and the ban on Rice playing NFL football left them hurt, embarrassed, alone and took “all happiness away.”
“Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!” she wrote.
“Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police,” the NFL said in a statement. “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.”
The league was criticized for initially banning Rice for two games, a punishment many considered to be too light. After the video emerged on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.
The New Jersey State Police said Tuesday the investigation was handled by the Atlantic City police. “We never had the video,” the state police said.
The Atlantic City police have not responded to requests for comment. The prosecutor in the case declined to discuss the case on Monday.
Outraged response to Rice’s initial two-game suspension prompted the league to establish a mandatory six-game suspension for players who violate the league’s domestic violence policy.
Rice and Palmer married following the incident.
Rice entered a pre-trial intervention program after being charged with aggravated assault and he publicly apologized for striking Palmer.
Revel Hotel Casino, where the incident occurred, closed Sept. 2.
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