Janay Rice, the wife of former NFL running back Ray Rice — who was fired from the Baltimore Ravens yesterday after a video surfaced of him knocking his then-fiancée unconscious in a casino elevator — broke her silence regarding the incident early Tuesday morning.
In the statement, posted to Instagram and confirmed as authentic by the Baltimore Sun, Rice called the situation a “horrible nightmare”:
I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. 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!