For the first time since former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for assault, he and his wife, Janay, are speaking out — joining Matt Lauer for exclusive interviews airing Monday and Tuesday on TODAY.
After being knocked unconscious, Janay says her first reaction was to be “done” with the relationship.
“I was furious,’’ Janay told Lauer. “We came home and we didn’t talk the entire ride. He tried to talk to me. I didn’t want to hear any of it. I just knew he hit me, and I was done. I just didn’t even want to entertain it. Any explanation.”
But Janay and Rice stayed together, getting married on March 28, just over a month after he was arrested and charged with third-degree aggravated assault for the attack.
“Of course in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn’t be over because I know that this isn’t us and it’s not him,’’ Janay said of the elevator incident.
On Friday, Rice successfully appealed the indefinite suspension handed down by the NFL in September following the release of surveillance video in which he was seen assaulting his then-fiancee. Rice had been requesting reinstatement to the league ever since his contract was terminated by the Ravens on Sept. 8. He is now eligible to sign with any NFL team.
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FROM USA TODAY:
Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said that he’s just looking for a second chance after an NFL arbitrator’s decision to overturn his indefinite suspension from the league following the assault of his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino.
In the second part of an interview with Ray and Janay Rice and Janay Rice’s parents on the TODAY Show, the running back said that he hopes a team owner and fan base can “look deeper into who I am and realize that me and my wife had one bad night, and I took full responsibility for it.”
“And one thing about my punishment and everything going along with anything that happened is that I’ve accepted it,” he told Matt Lauer. “I went fully forward with it. I never complained, or I never did anything like that. I took full responsibility for everything that I did, and the only thing I can hope for and wish for is a second chance.”
The former Ravens player said that the couple had been given what to speak about in the controversial press conference before the video of the assault was made public. In the press conference, Janay Rice apologized for her “role in the incident”, which she said in a part of the interview that aired on Monday was encouraged by the Ravens.
“We were given what to speak about,” he said. “It wasn’t truly coming from us, if you can understand, but I made that clear in my last time I was able to speak that my wife is an angel. She can do no wrong. I take full responsibility for my actions.”
Source: USA Today | NINA MANDELL