Janay Rice Speaks, Blames Media for Family’s ‘Nightmare’

By Jordan Chariton Comment

CNNRiceThe wife of former NFL player Ray Rice spoke out today via Instagram a day after her husband was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL following TMZ’s release of elevator footage showing him knocking her unconscious.

The Baltimore Sun reports on Janay Rice defending her husband against the “nightmare” caused by the media and public.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” Janay Rice wrote. “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 from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day 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 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!”

Last night at 8pmET, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes both led their programs covering Rice’s release and suspension.

At 9pmET, an extended hour with Cooper again led with the story, as did Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. At 10pmET, Lawrence O’Donnell led “The Last Word” covering the Rice story. Sean Hannity didn’t lead “Hannity” with the story, but interviewed Sirius XM host Stephen A. Smith, who was suspended by ESPN this summer for comments he made on Rice hitting his wife, later in the show.