Disgraced former Ravens running back Ray Rice has spoken publicly for the first time since he was fired on Monday in the wake of the release of an explosive video showing him beat his now wife Janay unconscious.
Rice, who not only got cut by his team but was also indefinitely suspended by the NFL told ESPN via telephone that he was being ‘strong’ for his wife and the couple were in ‘good spirits.’
‘I have to be strong for my wife,’ said Rice. ‘[Janay] is so strong. We are in good spirits.’
‘We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.’
After Rice spoke, he handed the phone to wife Janay who said: ‘I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter.’
Rice also texted CNN and said: ‘I’m just holding strong for my wife and kid that’s all I can do right now.’
Earlier on Tuesday Janay, 26, had posted a statement on her (now-private) Instagram account in which she professed her love for her husband and condemned the media for their coverage of the incident which she called a ‘horrible nightmare’.
The couple married in March of this year, just a month after the now infamous incident in Atlantic City that was captured on security cameras.