Janay Rice: Ravens ‘Suggested’ I Apologize for Any Role in Beating (Watch)

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The wife of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice says team officials “suggested” that she apologize for any role she played in her own beating.

Janay Rice told NBC’s “Today” show — in a taped interview which aired Monday — that she didn’t mean to let her then-boyfriend and current husband off the hook for a vicious knockout, captured on surveillance video at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15.

She appeared next to Rice during a press conference on May 23, and appeared to take blame.

“Today” host Matt Lauer asked: “Did anyone at the Ravens say, “Janay, it would be really good if you issue some kind of apology’?”

Janay responded: “They suggested it, yes.”

Janay Rice said the Ravens didn’t put any exact words in her mouth but did giver her “a general script” of what to say. That press conference sparked a mountain of backlash against Rice and his wife.

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“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 Rice, who was originally charged with simple assault before that was dropped.

“In no way, I was basically, not doing what I was told. 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 maintains that if the Ravens hadn’t urged her to apologize by her husband’s side, she would have never made a statement because of the comments she has received in the wake of the incident. When Lauer recalled some people’s comments—”She’s a typical abused woman,” “She’s a woman in denial”—Janay’s mother, Candy Palmer, was quick to defend her daughter, saying that the elevator incident has made them more aware “about the people that are actually living this every day.”

The mother-daughter duo said that they have taken away “so many messages” from what happened with Ray, but Janay asserted that she and her now-husband are meant to be together.

“I feel like God chose Ray and me for a reason,” a teary-eyed Janay told Lauer. “It was definitely bringing awareness to what more people are going through every day. Even though it’s not what I’m going through every day, it’s definitely brought this topic to the forefront.”

Rice was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and the Ravens dropped him from the team. But an arbitrator ruled last week that Rice was unfairly punished twice by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Rice was originally slapped on the wrist with a two-game ban until that second, much more jarring video emerged, prompting Goodell to come down with an indefinite suspension.

Goodell said that Ray was “ambiguous” during his disciplinary hearing about what happened in the elevator and that was why his original ban was brief.

“I can’t say he’s telling the truth,” Janay Rice said of Goodell, according to Pro Football Talk. “I know for a fact that he told — that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February.”

Janay Rice and her mother Candy Palmer on NBC's "Today"

Janay Rice also told “Today” that she hasn’t watched that second video.

“No, I refuse,” she said. “I’m not going to let the public bring me back there.”

Rice’s wife says he never hit her before or after that night at the Revel.

“No,” there has never been another assault, she said. “He [Rice] knows what he’d have to deal with.”

The running back’s wife repeated her defense of Rice, blaming the public and media coverage for all their problems.

“Everybody makes mistakes,” Janay Rice said. “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.”

Both Janay and her mother assert that Ray wouldn’t hurt his wife anymore, with Palmer forcefully saying, “There is no next time, and we’ve already made that clear.”

Watch the entire interview below:

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Lauer’s interview with Janay and Ray will air Tuesday.


Ray Rice Wins Appeal: Now Eligible for Immediate NFL Return

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Multiple outlets are reporting that former BALTIMORE RAVENS running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of an indefinite suspension and has been reinstated to the NFL. He’s now eligible to sign with any NFL team.

Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a VIDEO of him hitting his then-fiancée was released publicly.

Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified under oath Nov. 6 in Rice’s appeal hearing that he heard the former Baltimore running back tell Goodell during his June 16 disciplinary hearing that he had hit his then-fiancée in a casino HOTEL elevator, sources told “Outside the Lines.”

Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension ended Nov. 6 in the OFFICES of Judge Barbara Jones, who decided the appeal outcome. Rice also testified, as did his wife, Janay.

DETAILS of what Rice and his wife testified to Nov. 6 and what Goodell said Nov. 5 were not released because of a gag order that Jones imposed. But sources said Newsome backed Rice’s previous accounts of what he told Goodell. Goodell spent the majority of his time testifying under cross-examination by outside union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, sources said.

Rice, 27, is a three-time Pro Bowler and helped the Ravens WIN Super Bowl XLVII. He rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns in six seasons with Baltimore.


Floyd Mayweather’s Ex Josie Harris: ‘I Was a Battered Woman’ (Watch)

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Josie Harris, Floyd Mayweather’s former girlfriend and mother to three of his four children, spoke at length to USA Today about the physical and emotional abuse she says she endured during her relationship with the boxer.

Read an excerpt below, followed by a video piece:

[She] doesn’t see Mayweather much these days. Occasionally he will collect their children in person, but more often than not they are transported using the jet service he uses for much of his travel outside of Las Vegas.

It’s an arrangement she is happy with.

“(It means) I don’t have to take a Xanax before he comes, otherwise I will be sweating bullets,” Harris told USA TODAY Sports in an interview at her home 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles. “For some reason I still get anxiety when I know that he is on his way. I have no idea why, but I get really overwhelmed when I know that I have to be around him.”

Harris says she suffered physical abuse from the boxer on “six occasions,” the worst coming in September 2010, when Mayweather entered Harris’ home as she slept, yanked her to the floor by her hair, then punched and kicked and screamed cuss words at her in front of their children. It was the couple’s oldest son, Koraun, who slipped out of the house to alert a SECURITY GUARD to summon police.

Mayweather was eventually sentenced to 90 days in prison. It was one of seven alleged assaults Mayweather has committed against five different women that resulted in him being arrested or issued a citation. Last month, his former fiancée, Shantel Jackson, filed a civil lawsuit including claims of battery, false imprisonment and allegations that the fighter pointed a gun at her.

A year ago, Harris still viewed her history with Mayweather as a love story gone wrong. Now, in the light of recent public awareness sparked by a video of NFL running back Ray Rice punching his wife in an elevator, with even President Obama’s weighing in on efforts to stop domestic violence, she sees it differently.

“I was a battered woman,” Harris said. “I felt embarrassed about saying I was a battered woman. I felt shame. I felt like it was my fault. What did I do? I didn’t understand what a battered woman was at that time. Now I know I was in a very dysfunctional, hostile relationship and a victim of domestic violence.”

Read the entire article here.

Below, Josie Harris describes her rocky relationship with the pound-for-pound king of boxing with USA TODAY’s Martin Rogers.


Woman Sentenced in Attack on Mary J. Blige’s Dad

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A Michigan woman has been sentenced to jail for stabbing the father of Mary J. Blige during a domestic dispute.

Cheryl White of Battle Creek was sentenced Monday to 365 days in the Calhoun County jail with credit for 270 days already served, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer. She’ll also serve five years of probation and pay more than $17,000 for Thomas Blige’s nursing services.

In a photo from Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, Cheryl White listens to her attorneys, Jeff and Kimberly Schroder, during a court hearing in Battle Creek, Mich.

White didn’t address the court Monday. In September, she pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit great bodily harm. A no contest plea isn’t an ADMISSION of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.

Thomas Blige testified earlier in the case that White attacked him with a knife on Jan. 23 after he caught her slashing his tires.


‘SVU’ Tackles Ray Rice, Solange/Jay Z, Donald Sterling Scandals in One Episode

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”Law & Order: SVU” CONTINUES to “rip from the headlines” this season, with Wednesday’s episode borrowing from the recent domestic violence scandals rooted in elevator surveillance footage.

In this Wednesday’s episode, titled “American Disgrace,” famous basketball star Shakir “The Shark” Wilkins is accused of rape by a PR employee from his clothing line.

According to The Huffington Post, “SVU” borrows from the RAY RICE elevator assault and the Jay Z/Solange elevator fight to show just how ambiguous scandals can be when there’s no audio and only raw camera footage.

“I’m trying to keep the show 10 minutes ahead of the news,” “SVU” showrunner Warren Leight told HuffPost Entertainment earlier this month. Leight told us that he wanted to keep the series in tune with the manner in which news leaks now, which is coming more and more from SECURITY CAMERA footage released by TMZ (on the show it’s call LMZ).

“I loved the idea of just a silent black and white scene, then sound goes out,” Leight said. “You kinda wanna know what’s going on.”

The showrunner, who wrote the episode with Julie Martin, revealed that it also tackles the Donald Sterling scandal via Stacy Keach’s character .

Watch a teaser or the episode below:

“Law & Order: SVU” airs Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on NBC.


Ravens Owner: Ray Rice Behind ESPN Article Claiming Cover-Up


Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has addressed ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” article that broke over the weekend claiming that he tried to cover up attempts to have the league go easy on Ray Rice with just a two-game suspension after learning he knocked his then-fiance unconscious in an elevator.

Addressing the media, Bisciotti said he strongly believes the sources for the ESPN article were Ray’s attorney, Ray’s agent and Ray’s friends — who gave the info to ESPN in an effort to get Ray reinstated into the NFL.

Bisciotti says the allegations in the ESPN article are false, but says he believes Ray’s team would push the false stories out because the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to “make everybody else look like they’re lying.”

“The majority of the sources are people that work for Ray,” Bisciotti said. “Almost everything in there is anonymous, but it’s clear from the subject matter that it’s Ray’s attorney, it’s Ray’s agent, it’s Ray’s friends.”

“Outside the Lines” reported Friday that Bisciotti, Ravens president Dick Cass and general MANAGER Ozzie Newsome tried to persuade NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be lenient on Rice following his February arrest.

The Ravens released Rice earlier this month after TMZ released the second video. The NFL suspended Rice indefinitely shortly after he was released by the team.

According to the OTL report, Ravens coach John Harbaugh urged team officials to cut Rice immediately after the first TMZ video, which SHOWED Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator, was released in February. The report also indicated Harbaugh went to Newsome in March and asked him to release the three players who were arrested this offseason, including Rice.

Minutes before the news conference, the Ravens issued a lengthy rebuttal to the OTL report. Included in the Ravens’ statement:

• Harbaugh said he did not recommend cutting Rice after seeing the first videotape, as OTL said he had urged his bosses. “I did not recommend cutting Ray Rice from the team after seeing the first videotape,” Harbaugh said in the statement. Newsome, in the statement, said: “Neither John nor anyone else ever recommended cutting Ray Rice before we saw the second videotape on September 8.”
• The Ravens director of security denied that he received an account of the incident “within hours” of the incident. In the statement, he said that within “a couple of days,” he asked the CASINO and the Atlantic City policy for a copy of the videotape and he was turned down. He said that, on Feb. 25, a police department official offered to view the tape and “describe what he saw.” He said the official described both of them as intoxicated, but that “the officer could not tell from the video whether Ray slapped or punched her, but Ray told me very clearly that he did not punch her.”
• Newsome said that he and Rice talked and that Rice told him he hit his then-fiancee, but that they did not “discuss details beyond that.” “I immediately focused on Ray taking responsibility and making amends,” Newsome said. “I later said Ray didn’t lie to me because he told me he hit her, and that is what the video later showed-although the video was much more violent than what I had pictured.”
• Bisciotti and Cass denied that they lobbied the judicial system in New Jersey or Goodell to go easy on Rice. “That statement is not true,” Cass said.

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti (right) and running back Ray Rice (left) hug during the Super Bowl XLVII celebration at M&T Bank Stadium

Bisciotti also addressed OTL’s report that he texted Ray Rice – one day after cutting him –  basically offering him a job down the road, a move that Rice interpreted as “hush money” and left Rice “flabbergasted.”

Bisciotti confirmed the text exchanges but said they were “told to someone and misquoted” by ESPN in the article. He then published what he says are texts in “verbatim” form.

“I did have an exchange of text messages with Ray, which he initiated,” Bisciotti said. “I felt awful about what had happened. I believed he was, at heart, a good person, that he was capable of redemption, and I wanted to tell him I would be supportive of him. Here are the texts, not as told to someone and then misquoted in the article, but verbatim.”

Those texts, per the Ravens release, read as follows:

Monday September 8, 7:44 pm

Ray: I understand the decision but I am thankful for what you have done for me and my family. Me and my wife will CONTINUE to work on us and being better but I just wanted to say thank you for giving me a chance

Steve: I’m sorry we had to do this. I still love you and believe that you will be a great husband and father If you ever need to talk just call

Tuesday September 9, 10:27 pm

Steve: I just spent two hours talking to Ozzie. It was all about you. We love you and we will always figure out a way to keep you in our lives. When you are done with football I will hire you to help me raise Great young men. I still love you!!!

Ray: I know it’s a rough time for all of us I love all of you and that will never change for life!

Steve: I will help you make it a great life indeed. I give you my WORD

Ray: That means the world to me and my family we greatly appreciate you and thank you.

At his press conference on Monday, Bisciotti addressed the idea of trying to pay off Rice.

“If I cut a guy making $6 million a year — if I’m promising him to be by his side and hire him for $100,000 a year five years from now so he can help Harry Swayne in our player development department — if that is considered worthy of him going along, I find that rather absurd because it would take him 250 years to make back the $25 million that I took away from him by cutting him.”


Robin Givens Calls Ray Rice Video ‘A Game Changer’ (Watch)

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On Friday, Robin Givens, who was married to Mike Tyson from 1988 to 1989, appeared on “Today,” calling the released footage of Ray Rice’s violent actions “a game-changer.”

“This conversation has become a different conversation because of that video,” she said “However difficult it is for this poor woman, she will help myself and other women just to be believed that this is indeed possible, that this does happen to women.”

Givens, 49, wrote a Time op-ed titled “Why I Stayed” about her experience in an abusive relationship with Tyson, 48. In it, she writes that after seeing the video of Ray “actually punching Janay Rice unconscious, I thought, this is what happened to me. The only difference was that when I came to, a doorman was carrying me over his shoulder, out of my fiancé’s apartment, and into a car.”

On “Today,” Givens asked, “Why is it that the victimizer becomes the victim? Why is it that we want to protect these men? What is it about our society, what is it about us as women that we feel the need to protect them?”

Watch below:

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