Ray Rice: ‘I Have to Be Strong for My Wife’

Ray Rice: ‘I Have to Be Strong for My Wife’

NFL star issues first public statement after fallout from video showing him hitting his wife.

Published September 9, 2014

In the eye of public scrutiny Ray Rice and his wife are sticking together. Hours after Janay Rice made her first public comments about a video showing her husband knocking her out in an Atlantic City elevator, Ray Rice, 27, said he and his wife plan to “work through” the tough situation.

Rice told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday that the two are in “good spirits” and will continue to “support each other.”

"I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong,” Rice said. “We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”

The NFL star was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended by the league for his actions on February 15, which came to light when TMZ released the video on Monday (September 8).

Early Tuesday morning Janay took to her Instagram account to post her thoughts in the aftermath of the video coming out.

"THIS IS OUR LIFE!” she wrote. “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!"

It is still unknown whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will address the matter further. He has come under a lot of criticism for his lenient two-game suspension of Rice before the video was viewed by the public.

The Ravens are not expected to further address the situation.

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Written by BET-Staff

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