Janay Rice, wife of suspended NFL player Ray Rice, apparently posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram calling the situation a “nightmare.”
“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 (sic),” she wrote.
The Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice on Monday after a video surfaced showing him knocking her out with a punch in February.
The Instagram post, reported by various media, appeared to be authentic.
Rice was originally suspended for two games, a punishment that many saw as too lenient.
Rice was just weeks away from returning to the gridiron when the new video surfaced and the Ravens and the NFL acted more severely.
The new video shows Rice punching Janay Rice, who was his fiancée at the time, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.
TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Ray and Janay entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Ray Rice punches his fiancée. She lunges after Rice, and then the football player hits her again and she falls to the floor.
“No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family,” Janay Rice wrote. “To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing.”
She added in the Instagram post: “THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get.”
At a press conference in July, Rice said his actions were “inexcusable” and that he and his wife were in counseling. The couple married March 28.
“We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward,” he said. “My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles.”