Former Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, won his appeal and will be eligible for reinstatement. This means that Rice will have his pick of which team in the NFL, he prefers to sign with.
Rice was expectedly appreciative after his victory and expressed it in his statement – “I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends, and fans –- but most importantly, my wife Janay. I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions”. “I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes”.
Undoubtedly, there will be some folks who will not be thrilled at the idea of Rice getting off the hook so easily, especially in light of the disturbing video showing the football player knocking out his then fiancée in an elevator. Janay Rice was literally unconscious from what seemed like a heavy blow to the head.
But even after the video went viral and the reaction to what was depicted grew traction, Janay Rice defended her now husband, and slammed his critics.
On November 5th, she spoke with ESPN about the incident. She admitted that she couldn’t recall the specifics of what she and Ray were fighting about that day in Atlantic City back in February. But she does remember the moment things got physical. She explains that Ray was on the phone while they were arguing and when she reached for the phone, he spat at her and then she slapped him. This apparently led to him hitting her.
On Apologizing for Her Role in the Incident at Ravens News Conference:
” I know some people disagreed with me publicly apologizing. I’m not saying that what Ray did wasn’t wrong. He and I both know it was wrong. It’s been made clear to him that it was wrong. But at the same time, who am I to put my hands on somebody? ”
On What Ray was Thinking After he Hit Her:
“I asked him how he felt when he saw that I was unconscious. He told me he was in shock. I asked him what happened when we got out of the elevator. He told me he was terrified because security was there. I asked him how he felt seeing me like that. He said he was thinking, “What did I just do?” I didn’t watch the video again.”
On What Ray and Janay told Roger Goodell:
“Ray told the commissioner, and his colleagues, everything that happened. There was no reason to lie because we knew that there was a video and we assumed the NFL knew what was in it, even though we didn’t know whether or not they saw it.
On Being a Martyr for Domestic Violence:
“If it took our situation becoming headline news to show domestic violence is happening in this country, that’s a positive.”
Rice defended her reasons for publicly apologizing for the part she played in the incident. “I know some people disagreed with me publicly apologizing. I’m not saying that what he did wasn’t wrong. He and I both know it was wrong; it’s been made clear to him that it was wrong. But at the same time, who am I to put my hands on somebody?”
She went on to say that Ray was “in shock” when he saw her unconscious and “terrified” because he knew the security cameras most likely captured what happened.
Janay also confirmed that both she and Ray were honest about what had transpired when they spoke to Roger Goodell, “Ray told the commissioner, and his colleagues, everything that happened. There was no reason to lie because we knew there was a video and we assumed the NFL knew what was in it, even though we didn’t know whether or not they saw it”.
Rice also recognized the role she automatically assumed, as a spokesperson for domestic violence, “If it took our situation becoming headline news to show domestic violence is happening in this country, that’s a positive”.
Janay’s Tweet on Ray’s Reinstatement:
This week I have something to be thankful for. I’m thankful that my husband will be returning to the nfl #RayRice
— Janay Rice (@JanayRice) November 28, 2014
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