Claiming “God chose me and Ray for a reason,” Janay Rice says the elevator attack that attracted national media attention was all part of God’s plan.
Speaking with Matt Lauer on Monday’s edition of NBC’s the Today Show, Rice said she believes that she and Ray were “chosen” to help bring awareness to domestic violence.
“I feel like God chose me and Ray for a reason and it was definitely to bring awareness to what people are going through every day. You know it’s not what I am going through every day but you know it’s definitely brought this topic to the forefront…and we are okay with that.”
On March 27, 2014, Ray Rice struck his then fiancee, Janay, viciously knocking her out in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey, after a night of heavy drinking. The event caused a media firestorm after video of the assault went viral.
Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely from the NFL as a consequence of the assault which rendered his fiance unconscious.
However, last week a judge sided with the former Baltimore Ravens running back, and granted him his appeal to the NFL’s indefinite suspension. The suspension has been overturned, and Rice is now free to sign with any NFL team immediately.
Janay Rice said that she has never seen the video that showed the punch but has watched the video that showed Rice dragging her, with seeming callousness, from the elevator.
In the interview Janay Rice also revealed that it was the Ravens who suggested she publicly apologize for the “role she played” in her own beating, and that the team gave her and Ray a “general script” of what to say.
In a news conference arranged by the team three months after the incident, Janay Rice issued a bizarre apology for being assaulted, saying, “I do deeply regret the role that I played in the incident.”
CNN reports the Ravens tweeted her words and then deleted them after a firestorm of criticism from those who questioned why Janay Rice would need to apologize after taking a left cross from a pro football player who benches 400 pounds.
In the end, claiming domestic abuse was part of “God’s plan” is repugnant to reason and morality. By seeing some sort of divine plan in her assault, Janay Rice damages her own credibility, and ultimately denigrates the experience of survivors and victims of domestic assault, including her own.
To believe in god is silly self-deception; to believe god plans domestic abuse is tragic self-deception.