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.”
Janay Rice – Today Show Interview