Since the release of the video, the country has erupted over the issue of domestic violence and her husband’s career with the NFL has effectively ended.
In an Instagram post published Tuesday morning, Janay shared her outrage that the media released a video that — from her point of view — shares a painful, private memory with the world.
Although her Instagram account is private, Rice reportedly told the Baltimore Sun she intended to make a public statement through the post.
“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,” she wrote. “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family.”
— AOL.com (@AOL) September 9, 2014
She also expressed her hurt and embarrassment by the public airing of a private moment, and expressed outrage that her husband lost his career over the assault.
“To take something away from the man I love that he was worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific,” she wrote. “THIS IS OUR LIFE!”
After TMZ released the video of the attack captured in an elevator in an Atlantic City casino, the Baltimore Ravens quickly terminated Rice’s contract and the NFL suspended the star indefinitely.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) September 9, 2014
Ray pleaded not guilty to assault charges back in May when the attack occurred and was allowed to enter a pre-trial intervention program to avoid prosecution. At the time, he was handed-down a two-game suspension from the Ravens.
“If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels,” Janey wrote in her Instagram post. “Just know that we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is!”
Here’s hoping that Janay realizes one day that — despite her embarrassment and pain now — the public display of her assault may help others in the future who face the same unimaginable pain and embarrassment associated with domestic violence.
"Hitting a woman is not something a real man does." White House responds to Ray Rice: pic.twitter.com/XNIrDdUNNw
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) September 9, 2014
President Barack Obama said it well in a statement following the incident.
“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. 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.”