The Rice family is standing united. Earlier today (September 9th), former Baltimore Ravens running back made his first public statement since footage of him assaulting his then-fiance in a Revel hotel elevator was released.

Rice’s wife Janay Rice released a statement on her personal Instagram account defending her husband and lambasting the media for its coverage of the new footage. ESPN’s Josina Anderson spoke with Ray Rice earlier today and according to Rice “I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”

Check out the full statement below:


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