Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.
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By Eliana Dockterman
September 9, 2014

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice said Tuesday that he’s “holding strong,” in his first public comments since the publication of a video that showed him punching his then-fiancée in the face led the Ravens to cut him and the NFL to suspend him indefinitely.

Rice was suspended by the NFL for two games after he was charged in February with assault and a video showing him dragging an unconscious Janay Rice, now his wife, out of the elevator was published by TMZ. The NFL suspended him indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract on Monday after TMZ published video of him punching Janay,

Janay Rice spoke out against media attention on her and her husband Tuesday. “No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family,” she wrote on Instagram. “To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing.”

Write to Eliana Dockterman at eliana.dockterman@time.com.

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