After a successful appeal for reinstatement by her husband, Janay Rice told media outlets that Ray Rice never lied or misled anyone about what happened on that fateful night in the Atlantic City hotel elevator.
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Janay Rice, the wife of former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, told CBS that there were no ambiguities or lies told by her husband to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the nature of his now-infamous punch in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.
In an interview with NBC’s TODAY, Janay Rice opened up and said that her husband gave the league the information that it wanted.
“Was Ray ambiguous?” Matt Lauer asked Janay Rice in an interview that aired on Monday.
“No,” she said. “Not in any way. And, you know, I feel like if they wanted to know more details then they would have asked. But there were no further questions. It — it’s been consistent with everything that he’s been saying since February.”
“So when the Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, says Ray was ambiguous and the NFL says that it was a starkly different sequence of events, is the Commissioner lying?” Lauer said.
“I can’t say he’s telling the truth,” Janay Rice said. “I know for a fact that he told — that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February.”
In the first video, Ray and Janay entered the elevator and by the time the door opened again Janay was knocked out. The league initially suspended Rice only two games without seeing what happened inside the elevator.
But as Judge Barbara Jones (the judge who ended Rice’s indefinite suspension) determined, the NFL never asked Rice for the video, even though Rice had direct access to the video as a result of discovery in his criminal case.