Janay Rice, the wife of former Ravens running back Ray Rice, has posted a message on her Instagram account in response to Monday's release of video showing Ray Rice assaulting her, followed by Rice being cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
It is printed below exactly as posted.
"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 hte 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 of 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!"
Janay Rice's Instagram account is private, although the Baltimore Sun and other media obtained a copy of the message.
Rice was released by the Ravens Monday after video emerged showing him striking his wife, who was his fiancee at the time, in an Atlantic City casino. The NFL then increased its two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension.
On Tuesday morning, TMZ, which released the new video on Monday, reported the NFL did not contact the Atlantic City casino to request video of the incident in February. How much the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell knew about the case has been the subject of widespread speculation since the new video surfaced.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, appearing on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, said he spoke with Goodell on Monday and the commissioner told him he did not see the video before Monday.
"I know our commissioner has taken some heat. I just want to say that I spoke with him yesterday when this came out, not knowing what was going to happen and knowing I was coming in here and he didn't, he had no knowledge of this video," Kraft said.
Kraft also said he did not believe Rice would ever play another NFL game, and that he would not consider signing him.