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Ray Rice's wife claims Ravens urged her to apologize after Atlantic City assault that left her unconscious

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Ray Rice's wife claims Ravens urged her to apologize after Atlantic City assault that left her unconscious
Ray Rice released a statement Friday apologizing for the domestic issue incident that led to his dismissal from the Ravens.
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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Suspended Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice (R) and his wife Janay Palmer arrive for a hearing on November 5, 2014 in New York City. Rice is fighting his suspension after being caught beating his wife in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February 2014. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay made statements to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: 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 August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens smiles during warm ups before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Baltimore Ravens assistant director of public relations Patrick M. Gleason holds the door as running back Ray Rice enter a news conference followed by his wife Janay Rice and Ravens team President Dick Cass at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Maine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
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By RYAN GORMAN

Beleaguered football player Ray Rice's wife said the Baltimore Ravens convinced her to apologize after her Super Bowl champion husband knocked her out in an Atlantic City elevator -- and also claimed to have never seen the footage.

Janay Palmer Rice tearfully told NBC's "Today" that she has no intention of ever seeing the footage, and also slammed the Baltimore Ravens, her husband's former team, for convincing her to take part in a widely-ridiculed public apology.

The battered woman also spoke of how she was angered by the video being released.

She said she only saw the first video and recalls being mortified by what it showed her.

"I saw the first one ... But there was no preparing us for that at all," said Janay Rice. "When I saw that it was horrible."

But she refused to watch the second.

"No. I refuse. I refuse," she insisted. "I'm not gonna let the public bring me back there."

When asked how her infamous husband explained standing over her unconscious body instead of trying to comfort her, Janay Rice said he was in disbelief.

"He said he was terrified," she said. "He was in such shock that this had just happened. He didn't know how to function at that point."

Janay Rice also admitted that she never would have taken part in the apology press conference had it not been for team officials urging to apologize.

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The team prepared a general script for both her and Ray Rice to follow.

"We were just doing what we had to do get it over and done," she explained.

The Ravens even tweeted out a portion of her apology before quickly taking it down following a negative reaction from people around the country.

Janay Rice repeatedly responded "no" when asked if she would have endured the press conference and the scrutiny that followed had it not been at the team's suggestion.

The team eventually cut the star running back, voiding his $35 million contract, after the league suspended him indefinitely, a decision that also infuriated Janay Rice.

"I was so angry," she said. "I was hurt. Seeing them -- the man that I love have everything ripped up from under him.

"It made me angry. The support system that I thought we had in the Ravens, that made me angry," she continued. "The fact that I knew we wouldn't be here anymore made me angry."

The embattled football player's wife has also claimed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell lied about what he knew of the incident prior to the video being made public.

She insisted to NBC, in an interview excerpt released over the weekend, that the running back told Goodell the "honest truth" about the February assault.

"I can't say he's telling the truth ... I know for a fact that Ray told the honest truth that he's been telling from February," said Janay Rice.

Goodell initially suspended the former college star at Rutgers for only two games, setting off a firestorm that nearly cost the commissioner his job.

The indefinite suspension has since been overturned, but Ray Rice is a man without a team in a league with a dearth of talent at his position.

But the couple has far greater concerns, including how to explain the incident to their two-year-old daughter.

"I don't think I'll ever be prepared until that moment," said Janay Rice. "But we're going to be honest with her.

"We're gonna tell her what happened," she continued. "Let her know things like this are not okay. It's not somethin' that she should tolerate.

"You know, let her know that people make mistakes and it's how you learn from them."

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