Janay Rice says there was nothing “ambiguous” about Ray’s explanation to NFL

AP

On Friday, former U.S. Judge Barbara Jones said that Ray Rice didn’t provide a “starkly different” account to the NFL in June from the images of the elevator video that was released on September 8.

Before the NFL told Rice that his indefinite suspension resulted from an alleged “starkly different” account, Commission Roger Goodell said only that the information from Rice had been “ambiguous,” an explanation that is starkly different from “starkly different.”

“[W]hen we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened,” Goodell told Norah O’Donnell of CBS Evening News.

But what was ambiguous about her laying unconscious on the floor being dragged out by her feet?” O’Donnell replied.

There was nothing ambiguous about that,” Goodell said.  “That was the result that we saw.  We did not know what led up to that.  We did not know the details of that.  We asked for that on several occasions.”

But, as Judge Jones found, the NFL never asked Rice for the video, even though Rice had direct access to the video.  And Janay Rice now tells NBC’s TODAY that Ray 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.”

The truth was, and remains, that Ray and Janay entered an elevator and by the time the door opened again Janay was knocked out.  The league opted to suspend Ray only two games without seeing what it looked like, even though the NFL knew what happened.  She was knocked out.  And it’s not pretty when someone gets knocked out.

That’s why the lingering question of whether the NFL had the video before it was released doesn’t matter.  The NFL didn’t need the video.  If former FBI director Robert Mueller realizes that while drafting his report, couldn’t the impact be the same as a finding by Mueller that the league had actually seen the video?

33 responses to “Janay Rice says there was nothing “ambiguous” about Ray’s explanation to NFL

  1. She’s realizing that her trips to the expensive salon are about to become less and less frequent with all the money they’re no longer earning. If she had any brains, she would divorce him, take him for half his $ and move-on. He’s done in the NFL. And he won’t be working the booth for ESPN, put it that way…

  2. The next roster player that gets caught smacking around a woman/kid will get the NFL version of the death penalty as a result of the media tour of Mrs. Rice making a monkey out of the Commish.
    Then you will really see no ambiguity.

  3. The NFL should NOT be on trial here! In public opinion or otherwise!

    Ray Rice beat his wife (then Fiancé) …

    The issue has become more about what the NFL knew rather than what actually occurred …

    Is anyone disputing whether this guy beat up a woman?

    Let’s NOT lose site of that!

  4. it’s plainly obvious that Roger Goodell heard everything from Ray & Janey Rice, was asked by Baltimore owner for leniency of 2 games, which he granted because he was a friend. And everything since has been a lie and cover up.
    Why doesn’t the media press the league and all NFL owners on this?

  5. it will be surprising if Ray Rice ever takes another carry, so she’s trying hard to make the green happen in her new marriage

    Janay… it won’t happen… if green is what you want and Ray is like 90% of other NFLers and he’s broke, move on….. quick… nobody will blame you after what he did

  6. This needs to go away, Ray’s career is over (with CJ Anderson providing yet another example of the ease at which running backs can be found, ones who don’t abuse women), and his wife will be divorcing him as soon as the money is gone. Just let this die in peace.

  7. She is a bigger fool than he is for staying with, and marrying, the big tough wife beater.

    This little campaign to restore his public image might work. But I am curious if she will “stick by her man” when he is suddenly broke with no job when it doesn’t

  8. You the media is really interesting in this country. They talk about how horrible domestic violence is BUT they are going out of their way to help Ray Rice recover his image.

    I mean interviewing him like he is a victim, really?

    And if we are being fair, why would you believe anything Janay Rice says about this? She was the beaten woman that actually publicly apologized for Rice hitting her. So any opinion she has will be extremely biased in Ray’s favor even if it is to her detriment.

    Stop making Rice look a victim. He beat his wife. Let him show his remorse through his actions that he actually is sorry. I don’t believe he is, but don’t help him. Let him be a man and show that he knows that what he did was wrong and that he will not abuse his wife any further.

  9. It doesn’t matter what she said, what their family is doing to get past this and how they feel about what happened, the media will continue to paint the picture they want to paint in order to get ratings, no matter who it affects.

    Ray rice made a mistake, by all accounts it was his first and only mistake, let the man get his family, life and career back in order.

  10. Everyone heard the story and was OK with the puncihment.

    The video was released and everyone freaked out that the punishment was too lenient.

    Everyone blames Goodell? Makes no sense. The league had a policy and followed it. The video was released and the league policy that was negotiated was ripped by the media (even though it was not ripped right after the Ray and Janay press conference).

    So the media itself seemed to change based on the video. As did fan reactions. Ambiguous? Fits the definition to me.

  11. @Tom Cousins

    Geeze, we get it Goodell. People who hit women are terrible. Now go back to counting your $40 million for being one of the select few who can make people sympathize with a wife beater, and leave us alone.

  12. Roger Goodell can’t come out and say that Rice was indefinitely suspended because of the public horror and outrage that occurred after TMZ released the second video. Thus, the NFL goes with the story that Rice’s version of events was unclear. This was a reasonable approach for Goodell to take. Why is this so hard for people to understand?

  13. I hope Ray gets a second chance, at least he didn’t kill anybody. And I hope that second chance is with the Miami Dolphins!!

  14. Ray Rice didn’t “beat” his wife. He struck her once. It’s bad enough what he did without you people trying to make your point by embellishing the story.

    Also gotta love the blatant racism of posters implying she’s some kind of ghetto hood rat who just wants to hold on to her meal ticket, or that Ray Rice is necessarily going to be broke in a few years because, you know, he’s just a little dumb ghetto boy.

  15. frenchysgoldfish says: Dec 1, 2014 9:31 AM

    The next roster player that gets caught smacking around a woman/kid will get the NFL version of the death penalty as a result of the media tour of Mrs. Rice making a monkey out of the Commish.
    Then you will really see no ambiguity.
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    The only one getting the death penalty will be the next team crazy enough to sign Rice. Goodell doesn’t like when people say bad things about him and he’ll make sure he corrupts his way through this ordeal like he ALWAYS does….

  16. I have to ask again, who cares? He has been reinstated and will still never play again. Goodell isn’t going to be fired, nor should he be, despite the media’s lynch mob mentaility. Mueller’s investigation is a waste of time and resources in an effort to placate a public and media that has no righ to be placated.

  17. vicnocal says:
    Dec 1, 2014 10:43 AM

    *Latent racism, not blatant.
    ——————————————————

    It’s not racism if it’s a common occurrence among players who are out of the league and there are documentaries that prove it. I mean even the Boz took a hit once he was out.

  18. vicnocal says:
    Dec 1, 2014 10:43 AM
    Also gotta love the blatant racism of posters implying she’s some kind of ghetto hood rat who just wants to hold on to her meal ticket, or that Ray Rice is necessarily going to be broke in a few years because, you know, he’s just a little dumb ghetto boy.
    ___________________________________
    I’m sorry, where did somebody say “ghetto” or “hood rat?” Or implied anything racist? The comments made were directed at cleat chasers, who are aplenty around professional athletes. And cleat chasers don’t see any color other than green.

  19. People make mistakes but when you appear on the Today show like that (timing and what was said), it appears that Rice is just trying to cash in one more time & his wife becomes a shill.

  20. League exec/attorney Jeff Pash lied through his teeth on Outside the Lines yesterday when airbrushing Goodell’s handling of this situation. Their failures were on-the-job failures, but they’re both still employed … for now.

    Nothing excuses Rice’s behavior. Janay Rice needs no excuse. She was the victim, and no one here has any business questioning her motives in defending the father of her child. But this off-field incident should be and has been handled by the courts. It should not prevent Rice from pursuing his livelihood. How does it help his family for him to be unemployed? The family is getting counseling. Let the man work.

  21. Goodell is lying filth. The owners don’t seem to get he’s starting to drives fans away by the bucket load.

    I used to watch every possible NFL game in every slot. Now I just watch the Pats and don’t bother with other games. Pretty soon I won’t be bothering with the NFL, the world is full of other entertainments.

  22. They let Michael Vick play again. He should have spent the rest of his nasty life in jail. What Ray Rice did, he had least was man enough to admit to. He should play again! Janay stood by him and life is good, let them live their lives.

  23. Roger Goodell can’t come out and say that Rice was indefinitely suspended because of the public horror and outrage that occurred after TMZ released the second video.
    —————————————————
    1. Instead, Goodell said he never makes decisions based on public relations. A lie.

    2. Goodell said his initial two-game punishment of Ray Rice was based only on the minimal court punishment. Again, a lie. He suspended Roethlisberger for six games even though the Georgia investigation found no probable cause for arrest and Goodell acknowledged in his suspension letter that his investigation found nothing to contradict the police investigation. He suspended Roethlisberger six games to appease the public (see point #1).

    3. Despite saying he never makes decisions to appease the public, Goodell lied about what Rice told him in the initial interview and suspended him indefinitely simply to appease the public after the second video was released. As others have said, if he’d suspended Rice for six games in the first place–as he did Roethlisberger, who’s never been arrested for any crime–Rice would be working now and none of this would be happening.

    The man took all responsibility for punishing players into his own hands, has repeatedly lied and botched the process, and other people pay the price.

    Why is this so hard for people to understand?

  24. While I have a hard time with a man punching and knocking his wife out cold, I find it even more difficult to believe that during parts of Matt Lauer’s interview in the kitchen of Ray and Janay’s home, the father of Janay stood there and smiled at times, and the mother, too.

    I guess when your daughter is married to a rich man, you can turn a blind eye to physical abuse, even if it is your daughter. To me, that may be more the despicable act than the knock out itself. I hope Janay’s father is proud of his son in law, because he is clueless when it comes integrity. He should find shame in the fact that he would condone the behavior of someone that physically assaulted his own flesh and blood, his daughter….what an absolute coward !

  25. I can’t figure out if Goodell is the worst lawyer in the world or the smartest. Somehow he got himself appointed NFL czar with a huge income but can’t seem to make the slightest common sense decision or make a policy that passes the smell test. Then when it blows up in his face he claims ignorance or leaves town.

    Must be smart because 32 rich old men keep paying him.

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