Janay Rice, wife of ex-Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, claimed this morning that her husband's former team suggested that she apologize for her role in her own beating.
Janay was knocked out by Ray in a brutal attack that was recorded on surveillance video at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15.
According to the New York Post, Janay told "Today" show host Matt Lauer that the Ravens created a general script for her to follow during a press conference that she and Rice attended on May 23.
"[D]id anyone at the Ravens say, 'Janay, it would be really good if you issued some kind of apology'?" asked Lauer (video below).
"They suggested it, yes," replied Janay.
She said they didn't tell her specifically what to say, but added, "They basically gave us a general script."
Janay added that she "completely understood" the public backlash over her apology as a victim.
“And that was frustrating for me, because obviously people took it as, you know, I’m taking light off of what Ray did,” said Janay.
“In no way, I was basically, not doing what I was told," stated Janay. "But at the same time, I didn’t think it was completely wrong for me to apologize, because at the end of the day, I got arrested too. So I did something wrong too.”
Janay was charged with simple assault, but that charge was dropped.
“Everybody makes mistakes," said Janay. "After this whole situation, you would think we lived in a country full of people who never made a mistake, who have never sinned ever in their life.”
However, domestic abuse is not considered a "mistake" by law enforcement, but rather a crime.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Ray was charged with felony aggravated assault, but he avoided prison after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program.
Even though her husband knocked her unconscious and left her in an elevator, Janay told Lauer, "I wouldn't allow anybody to disrespect me, especially a man who's in a relationship with me."
Ray was reinstated into the NFL by a judge last week, but has not been signed by any team.