Ray Rice's wife, Janay is defending the man she says she loves. She's speaking out just a day after a video surfaced showing him punch her in the face in a casino elevator.
She's blaming the media and the NFL, not her husband. - and is calling the situation a "horrible nightmare" for her family.
Janay is one of 12 million Americans who are victims of domestic violence each year, and she's one of several women who have been abused by an NFL athlete.
CNN's Jean Casarez is OutFront.
(CNN) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under intense criticism Tuesday for the way he handled the case of running back Ray Rice, who was seen in a newly released video punching his then-fiancée in an elevator so hard she drops to the ground.
In the video, published Monday by TMZ, Janay Rice, now his wife, lies face down on an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator floor before Rice is seen picking up her body like a rag doll and dragging her out and dropping her.
Ray Rice's career appears all but over - after the video surfaced, he was released by the Baltimore Ravens and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Before the TMZ video's release, Goodell had suspended Rice without pay from two games. That move was in reaction to an initial video that showed the football player dragging a limp Janay Rice from the elevator. Ray Rice was then also fined for "conduct detrimental to the NFL," according to a league statement. The total amount the multimillion-dollar player was set to lose reportedly was $529,411.
Rice's wife apparently posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram calling the situation a "nightmare."
"To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific (sic)," she wrote.
The Instagram post, reported by various media, appeared to be authentic.
The new video has outraged many. Questions must be answered, Goodell's critics say, and some are even wondering if the NFL commissioner is fit for his job.
Should NFL Chief Roger Goodell resign over the #RayRice case? http://t.co/NTnxVMcPt2 Poll Results: 75% say YES. @CNN pic.twitter.com/X2QkGid9bz
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) September 9, 2014
Thursday night Bon Appétit hosted their annual Hot Ten Party in midtown Manhattan's Gotham West Market. The mouthwatering fete featured the magazine's 10 Best New Restaurants for 2014 and their respective chefs were flown in from across the country for the occasion.
The affair coincided with New York Fashion Week and was hands down one of the best parties of the year. The market's modern open kitchens played second fiddle to endless delights served straight out of the oven by handsome waiters (cough male models) and the chefs themselves.
The room was a fantasy of food; think trays of egg, salmon, caviar and crispy onions and tables of mini lemon souffle cakes with fresh Oregon Huckleberries. Drinks were flowing at indoor and outdoor open bars but elderberry and cucumber martinis stole the show. There was even a solid live folksy rock band and a photo booth complete with a rainbow of Maybelline lipstick favors to polish your pout.
If you're thinking about getting married next year, just elope and get yourself invited to the Hot Ten Party. It will be like having a Fall wedding only with far better food and fancier guests.
(Update) – The Home Depot confirmed Monday that its payment data systems have been breached, and that the breach could potentially impact customers using debit or credit cards at its U.S. and Canadian stores. It says there is no evidence that debit personal identification numbers were compromised.
The Home Depot also says there is no evidence that the breach has impacted customers who shopped online at HomeDepot.com.
The nation's number one home improvement retail chain, Home Depot, is working with law enforcement to investigate a hack that may have exposed customer payment information at all 2,200 of its U.S. stores.
Home Depot investigating 'massive' hack
If the breach is confirmed, the Home Depot theft will be even larger than the 3-week long Target breach that affected 40 million debit and credit cards late last year.
CNN's Richard Quest has more.View my Flipboard Magazine.
Attention Walmart shoppers: is that cart full of stolen groceries? Some say it took nerve, others say it demonstrated stupidity when an Oklahoma man used his cellphone camera to record what he thought was a crime in progress.
CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a confrontation over a loaded cart.