Janay Rice questions Goodell’s truth
JANAY RICE says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wasn’t being honest when he said Ray Rice was “ambiguous” about hitting her in a casino elevator.
“I know for a fact … that Ray told the honest truth that he’s been telling from February,” Janay Rice told NBC’s Today show in an interview that will be broadcast today. A second segment will be shown tomorrow.
As for Goodell, she said: “I can’t say he’s telling the truth.”
An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension, making the former Baltimore Ravens running back a free agent. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones called Goodell’s decision in September to change Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite “arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion”.
The Rices met with Goodell in June. He then issued a two-game suspension but increased it to indefinite after an in-elevator video of Rice striking his then-fiancee in February was made public. The Ravens released Rice that day.
In her interview with Today host Matt Lauer, Janay Rice said she was furious with Ray but never considered leaving him.
“Of course, in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn’t be over because I know that this isn’t us, and it’s not him,” she said.