Evelyn Lozada, one of the five main cast members of VH1’s reality show Basketball Wives, has denounced the shocking video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident from February. “That video has me PISSED THE F**K OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” Lozada tweeted last Monday. Lozada continued to say that Palmer should just leave and walk away from the abuse.
Lazada was married to NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson in 2012. Their marriage lasted three months as Lazada soon left Johnson after suffering from domestic violence herself.
The previously unreleased surveillance footage of Atlantic City’s Revel Hotel and Casino showed Rice fighting with Palmer in an elevator. After a brief argument, Rice punched Palmer in the head, rendering her unconscious. The former NFL star then dragged her motionless body off the elevator, where he was confronted by hotel security.
— Evelyn Lozada (@EvelynLozada) September 8, 2014
The video has prompted both the Ravens and the NFL to take immediate action. The Ravens announced that they had terminated the final three years of Rice’s contract, while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL. Prior to the release of the footage, Rice was merely suspended without pay for two games.
Rice and Palmer have since exchanged marriage vows, and Palmer has issued a statement defending her husband’s actions.
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend…” Palmer wrote on Instagram. “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options [sic] 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 a horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE!” “…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!”