Ray Rice, wife stand together in public statements of support

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FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Janay Rice listens as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. A new video that appears to show Ray Rice striking then-fiance Janay Palmer in an elevator last February has been released on a website. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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Janay Rice, the wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, posted a statement on Instagram.

In it, she talks about the "horrible nightmare" that Monday and Tuesday have been and how she feels like Rice's release from the Ravens and NFL suspension have left her as if she's "mourning the death of a friend." 

Here's the full statement (her Instagram profile is private, but the Baltimore Sun has confirmed that the statement was intended to be made public):

"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"

Later, Rice spoke with ESPN's Josina Anderson for the first-known public statement from him after his release and suspension.

Rice said:

"I have to be strong for my wife. She 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 and right now work through this."

Then Rice handed the phone to his wife, who told Anderson:

"I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this matter."

Clearly, Palmer is in her husband's corner, doesn't want to relive the February assault and believes that the media and NFL have handled Rice's case poorly. She and her husband are facing the reality that Rice's football career is likely over at this point.

She's also assuming that people are trying to "hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away" in light of watching the extended portion of the video.

But she finishes her message with love for Ravens fans, and if Rice is to be believed, he is putting his family first — an important step, one would think, in this trying time for the Rices.

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Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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