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Janay Rice: 'I Refuse to Watch Elevator Fight Footage' (Video)

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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. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 Dec 2014 12:55 PM

Janay Rice has opened up about the domestic violence incident that got her husband booted from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year, saying she refuses to watch the infamous elevator footage of him knocking her unconscious.

The wife of Ray Rice sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer for an extensive interview that aired Monday, detailing her feelings about the fight that happened at Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, back in February.

The full video footage, taken from a surveillance recording inside the elevator, was released in September, prompting a new wave of outrage and Ray Rice's dismissal from the Ravens and indefinite suspension from the NFL.

"No. I refuse. I refuse. I'm not going to let the public bring me back there," Janay Rice said of her decision to avoid the footage.

"That's the hardest part. Is not having control over anything that has to do with you. It's a natural thing for a human to want to come out and say, 'No, no. That's not me,' or, 'No, that's not true.' But it's like a battle that we just can't win."

Rice told Lauer that the elevator fight was the first time her husband ever hit her. The two have been together for seven years and were married in March.

"So me just ask you directly and bluntly," Lauer said to Rice. "Prior to what we have now seen in that elevator was there ever any incident of violence in your relationship with Ray or has there been any incident of violence since that elevator incident?"

"No. Not at all," she responded. "Ray knows me. And there's no way. He knows what he would have to deal with, you know, if this was something. You know, I'm not going to sit there in silence and let something happen to me — and God forbid, in front of my child, just like, let it happen? There's no way."

Ray Rice won his appeal against his NFL suspension last week and has been reinstated. According to ESPN.com, he is now eligible to sign with any team. Four franchises, including the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints, have reportedly shown interest in the star running back.

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Janay Rice has opened up about the domestic violence incident that got her husband booted from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this year, saying she refuses to watch the infamous elevator footage of him knocking her unconscious.
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