Does Anyone Really Care about Janay Rice?

Janay Rice

Janay Rice, who yesterday endured the entire video clip of her then fiancé Ray Rice punching her unconscious in an elevator leaked for the entire world to see, today released a statement via Instagram standing by her husband and vowing to make their marriage work.

In her statement Janay slams the media for meddling in her life for profit, and for forcing her family to relive what she calls “a moment in our lives that we will regret every day.”


As a result of the video leak Ray Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and has been suspended indefinitely from football.

You can see an entire screenshot of Janay’s statement below, as well as my own comments on the matter.

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As much as I abhor what Rice did to his fiancé, the man needs a job because he has a family to take care of. Taking a page out of a comment a friend made, I will say that were Rice a ditch digger or janitor no one would care and would not be calling for his firing. It is the perceived perks of being a football player (money and fame) that people seem most anxious to strip Rice of.

Janay and her children appear to almost be an afterthought. I can tell you this, if Ray is as borderline crazy and violent as many believe him to be, the stress of being unemployed, publicly maligned and probably incapable of finding gainful employment, does not bode well for his family.

We already knew Rice punched his wife unconscious, and was reprimanded by his employer and required to seek counseling. That, in my opinion, should have been it.

What people don’t seem to realize, or in my opinion simply do not care about, is that if Rice is as evil and bad as people think he is, Janay and her children are in an even worse situation than before. If rich and employed Ray Rice was a violent woman beater, does anyone want to guess what broke, unemployed and stressed out Ray Rice will be?

JANAY RIVE INSTAGRAM STATEMENT

11 Comments

  1. I don’t think it is necessary to keep showing this video over and over. I do think they both need some counseling. We don’t know what there backgrounds are and this could be a teachable moment. If people would stop trying to sensationlize this because the whole situation is sad.

  2. And sensationalize and destroy this family is all the media wants to do. They could give a fluck about protecting Janay and her kids. They simply want Rice stripped of his ability to care for his family, with the hope he will eventually turn to crime and end up a jailbird.

  3. While I am sympathetic to Janay’s current situation, the only person to blame here is her husband who was stupid enough to PUNCH OUT HIS WIFE IN A PUBLIC ELEVATOR. Things just went down hill from there. This is a problem of his creation because he obviously makes bad decisions and has no self control. ALL OF THIS are the consequences to HIS actions. Now, the fact that she will stay with a man who will knock her unconscious and prop her up like a rag doll until she comes to is a DAMN SHAME. At this point SHE NEEDS TO CARE FOR HERSELF AND HER BABIES – nevermind blaming anyone else, pointing fingers or putting up crap on social media – and move on with her life preferably and hopefully without that man.

  4. I pray for Janay and her family, as to have a personal issue played out for all the world to see is horrific. Particularly because it seems she doesn’t have much of a voice. Janay has children or a child with Ray so I see her dilemma. However I feel Janay should watch the tape. I am most horrified with how Ray Rice her now husband dragged her out of the elevator and kicked her to see if she was alive or conscious. I have no words. I am wondering why Janay is taking as much ownership for this incident as Ray. The whole family needs assistance. As for Ray Rice, he has made millions already and if this brotha is broke he’s stupider than his actions show. I have no pitty for him. He needs to take full ownership for his actions, seek help and try healing his family. Its his actions after he knocked out his wife that are the most disturbing. He punched his wife unconscious, dragged her, shook her while her panties were showing, grabbed and dropped her legs, and proceeded to go on his cell phone, all without missing a beat or breaking a sweat. That being said, Ray can still recover and maybe some team will give him another chance in a year or two. However Ray needs to take ownership of the situation and be a MAN. Do a solo press conference, stop using your wife as a prop, and be honest. People do forgive.
    BTW, people need not be fooled in thinking “people” care about this black woman. There taking down a black man who gave them his head on a platter.

  5. I don’t know what to say! I am absolutely disgusted!!! Who gives a man a right to lick down, hit his wife and go on with things like nothing happened? Is he serious or just plain dumb and stupied!

    He is going to get what he deserves naturally. The one true being he has to face is God! Where is the love and respect he has for his wife. Not only did he screw up his career, but wrecked his marriage and family.

    I do agree he needs some major help! I don’t know how he is going to repair his reputation, after this masquerade. They way he carried on pulling her by her hair treating her like a pc of meat while still going on with his phone call omg!

    @Kim yes he did hand his head on a plate!

    What man can knock a women out and drag her like a cave man out of an elevator and not expect ppl to find out. He must be dumb as sticks to think he can get away with it.

    I pray for them. I hope things work out for the best.

  6. They are now the poster couple for domestic violence. Chris Brown and Rihanna have owned this space and Rihanna moved on after she found closure or exhausted hope. Janay doesn’t view it as violence as many women in her position (denial) because they often fight back, even though, she’s no match for his strength. He has obviously hit her so many times that he didn’t even check to make sure she was Ok.

    I know this scenario minus the wealth and fame, her story is typical. One of my best friends felt the same way and they remain together today as she self-medicates, lost out on ridiculous opportunities to remain with her abuser. She thought because she cheated on him, got revenge, even had a child that’s not his that she was somehow in control and he’s not going anywhere.

    I wish this couple well, losing his livelihood, public persona, his people telling him he should have left her alone and vice versa will cause tension. Hopefully, they can show the world by both entering into serious treatment, starting successful businesses, putting their kid(s) first and avoid Iyanla Fix My Life and get real professional help, pronto. Sadly, this horrible video of DV, his losses, her denial won’t begin to put a stop to domestic violence, change the laws or culture. The media (and society) that is reporting this story is the same media that contribute to feeding and fueling victims and abusers with their narrow images and male privilege. Deion Sanders, Steve Harvey and others (controlling, abusive men) got away with a lot and the women were left looking crazy; our obsession with celebrity, power couples, thinness, beauty, fame and wealth, and lifestyle marketing (materialism) that objectify women and promotes low self-esteem (the have/have not’s) dominates our culture.

    Pray for this Sista, even if you don’t get it!

  7. I DON’T CONDONE VIOLENCE!!
    HOWEVER, MY OLDEST brother used to date and had a son by a Woman like Janay Rice and everyone thought that my brother was the bad guy!! HER NAME WAS BARBARA – BEAUTIFUL DROP DEAD GORGEOUS Barbara AND NO ONE KNEW PRIOR TO HER DATING MY BROTHER THAT SHE WAS A VOLATILE, NARCISSISTIC, SOCIAL PATH!!! ALL THAT BEAUTY AND SHE WAS THE MOST INSECURE, JEALOUS, WOMAN YOU COULD EVER MEET. IF MY BROTHER SAID HI TO A WOMAN SHE WOULD GO BERSERK!!! ARGUE! HIT! FIGHT! KICK! LOST HER ENTIRE MIND!
    WHY? MY BROTHER DID NOT LEAVE HER BECAUSE HE WAS IN LOVE WITH HER. THE SAD THING IS NO ONE BELIEVE HIM WHEN HE WOULD TELL US HOW RECKLESS DEFIANT SHE WAS. WE WOULD ALWAYS ASK WHAT YOU DID TO HER. THE FINGER WAS ALWAYS POINTED AT HIM. MY BROTHER FINALLY LEFT HER AND HAD TO FILE A RESTRAINING ORDER IN WHICH SHE VIOLATED NUMEROUS TIMES.
    TODAY MY BROTHER IS MARRIED TO AN INCREDIBLE WOMAN AND THEY HAVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY MARRIAGE. THANK YOU GOD!!
    MEN ARE NOT ALWAYS THE CHIEF CO-CONSPIRATORS IN THESE SITUATIONS. YOU WOULD BE SURPRISE HOW MANY SICK WOMEN ARE OUT HERE!!! WHAT RAY RICE DID IN THAT ELEVATOR WAS ATROCIOUS AND HORRIFIC!!!! HOWEVER, SHE CHOSE TO MARRIED THAT MAN! IT SPEAKS A LOT OF VOLUME IN REGARDS TO HER AS A PERSON!!! THERE VIOLENT BEHAVIOR TOWARDS EACH OTHER DID NOT START IN THAT ELEVATOR AND WILL NOT END BECAUSE OF HIS NFL TERMINATION.

  8. I wanted to start by saying that what Ray Rice did to his wife was inexcusable. We currently live in a world where social media, cameras everywhere and shows like TMZ use every tweet, video and comment to create ratings and promote gossip. I find it disturbing that people are followed everywhere they go by paparazzi. Weather its to the grocery store, coming from the airport or just minding there own business. They are constantly asking for comments about subjects that dont even include the person they are talking too. Ex. They will ask a football player, what did you think about that Jay Z Solange thing. Then when the get there quote they broadcast it and start beef between them. I feel people need to stop commenting on every single subject that comes up. People feel now that they have to be part of the news. Ray Rice and other black atheletes have to understand that people will always be jealous of them. Weather ists their athletic ablility or million dollar contracts. So people feel if they can bring them down it makes them feel good. Everybody wants to use this situation to move there cause forward. TV stations couldnt stop talking about it. Womens groups now want to make Ray Rice the poster child for domestic violence. We give murderers and drug offenders second chances. Ray Rice has a problem and also should be given a second chance at some point. But I feel people enjoy seeing a person loose everything. But they have to remember one day it could be you. Will you feel the same way then.

  9. I agree they both need counseling. More people need to be aware that Domestic Violence is not one sided, meaning it does not just effect the victim. A lot of people are also forgetting that he has a daughter, so what good does that do her that her dad lost his job. If you don’t mind i would like to share something that I wrote about Janaya.

  10. This entire affair should be a lesson to young athletes as well as young people in the music and acting industry to be aery to the fact that their every move is being recorded. By virtue of accepting fame and popularity, oe accepts that you now belong to the public and that you are held to higher standards than the average “joe”. Successful people who hide in the and and do not know that they must be careful of their every actions, will pay the penalty. If you are average then you cannot to be teated like an average person. Be careful of your associations, your relationships and even expressing your own thoughts. Avoid crazy people, crazy places and stay mum on crazy subjects.

  11. Why should anybody care about Janay when she doesn’t care about herself?

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