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Janay Rice Tells All About the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Assault, Says She 'Did Something Wrong Too'

Janay Rice Tells All About the Ray Rice Domestic Violence Assault, Says She 'Did Something Wrong Too'

Janay Rice, the wife of football player Ray Rice who was involved in a domestic violence situation when her husband beat her up in an elevator earlier this year, sat down with the Today show’s Matt Lauer to give an interview on her side of the events.

“I was furious,” Janay said after the domestic violence event took place. “We came home and we didn’t talk the entire ride. He tried to talk to me. I didn’t want to hear any of it. I just knew he hit me, and I was done. I just didn’t even want to entertain it. Any explanation.”

Janay then explained that she had a change of heart: “I was ready to do anything that was going to help the situation. They suggested [I apologize]. [I wanted to] help the way we looked in the media, help his image, help—obviously—his career, so they told us earlier that week we would do the press conference and I was fine with it.”

Janay, who was also joined by her mom Candy for the interview, went on to say she was also in the wrong. “That was frustrating for me because obviously people took it as I’m taking light off of what Ray did, in no way. I was basically not doing what I was told, but at the same time I didn’t think it was completely wrong for me to apologize because at the end of the day I got arrested, too. So I did something wrong, too.”

Both Janay and Candy have told Ray, “there is no next time, and we’ve already made that clear.”


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  • abbs88

    this is so sad.

  • Sandy McFarlane

    This woman is delusional. Her husband punched her unconscious and now she is giving interviews and saying that that was partially her fault?
    She’s a classic victim of domestic violence if she actually believes that and she’s being a very bad example of how women in these kinds of situations should “behave”. Shameful. I was hoping she was a lot more strong-minded than that, she could have given many other women in her situation hope but I guess she’s still too intimidated by her husband if she speaks out against him.

  • Leah

    This is so sad, what’s worse her Mother sits there with her supporting this decision. Isn’t your Mother supposed to be your protector and bring sense to a situation? He hit once, he will hit again!!! So sad that she feels responsible and how she looked in the media. She should not feel ashamed for how she looked after being beaten. She should feel ashamed for sticking with him.

  • JesChastain

    The mom is clearly getting paid by Rice to be there. Both of them are. It’s really sad.

  • JesChastain

    If someone beat my daughter the way that Ray beat Janay, I would have to kill him. I can’t believe that her mother is defending that man. The effect that money (and the promise of more) has on people is just sad.

  • FormerLamark

    Yes, she did something wrong. Born stupid and stays with a guy for money.
    Yet there can be no reason for a man to strike a weaker one. Her reaction (beyond money and fame) is a typical woman’s reaction that feels less than a man, having less rights than a man. This is the very sad result of the gender discrimination and the gender based different education for female and male humans (the dominant lord and the obedient servant).

    It’s time to do something about it, because the domestic violence/rape, ect. will cease only when will be equality in the heads and everyone will feel especially human, not woman and man. We should not have to separate the single human species to weak women and strong men.

  • Hazel

    This is so sad, I hope nothing happens to her again.

  • Beatrix Alba

    I cannot believe she is standing up for a man that beat her, left her thrown. Its even more disgusting to see her mother next to her approving of her still being with that man. WOMEN PLEASE DO NOT LISTEN TO HER!

  • suzybel

    She’s taking some of the blame for what happened?? WTF?? Just wait until the next time it happens, because it will. Then we’ll see. Dumb*ss!