Janay Rice, wife of former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, posted a statement today on the social media website Instagram in the wake of her husband's release from the NFL and the newly surfaced video of the domestic violence incident that took place earlier this year.
Ray Rice, 27, was arrested following an incident involving his then fiancee back in February. Rice was suspended for two games and fined more than $500,000.
Rice's $35 million dollar contract was terminated by the Baltimore Ravens on September 8th after a video of the brutal event surfaced showing him knocking Janay unconscious in an elevator in Atlantic City, NJ and then dragging her body out into the hotel casino.
The Ravens stated they had not previously seen the video and that after viewing it the team owner decided that Rice had to be released from the team. A meeting was called to discuss and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was informed of the decision.
The Ravens released a brief statement: "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon."
The NFL also took action, saying that Goodell announced --based on the new vide evidence-- that Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL.
The White House released the following based on President Obama's reaction:
"The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society," the statement said. "Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors. Stopping domestic violence is something that's bigger than football -- and all of us have a responsibility to put a stop to it."
Many sporting goods stores have pulled Rice jerseys and sponsors pulled out of deals. Through it all Janay Rice stands by her husband and is blaming the media for creating more problems for their family. The couple has a young daughter together--
Twitter reacted to the video with thousands of women taking part in the #WhyIStayed / #WhyILeft campaign -- sharing their own personal stories of domestic abuse. The hashtags have been trending on Twitter--
So what do you think? Should the Ravens have fired Ray Rice earlier--or at all? Is it fair for Janay Rice to blame the media? Share your thoughts with us here on the blog or on Twitter @BretBaier.