During her telling interview with ESPN’s Jemele Hill, Janay Rice claimed that officials with the Baltimore Ravens basically encouraged her to apologize for her involvement in the violent incident that eventually led to Ray Rice being cut from the team. As you may recall, the wife and mother expressed that she was provided with a “suggested script” for a press conference.
“I had already apologized to Ray, and I felt that I should take responsibility for what I did. Even though this followed the Ravens’ suggested script, I owned my words,” Janay said.
She later shared similar sentiments during her chat with Matt Lauer.
“Lauer: And did anyone at the Ravens say, ‘Janay, it would be really good if you issued some kind of apology.’
Rice: They suggested it, yes.
Lauer: Did they come up with the wording?
Rice: No, not specifically. They basically gave us a general script.”
A spokesperson from the troubled team has since responded to Janay’s interview and he’s claiming that there was never any “script.”
“At no time prior to the May 23 session did we provide talking points, a script or suggested script to Janay or speak with her about the press event,” Senior Vice President of Public And Community Relations for the Ravens, Kevin Byrne, told AP in a statement. “We did not recommend or suggest to Ray or Janay that she apologize in any way.”
Byrne went on to say he asked the former Raven “on two different days if Ray wanted me to speak with Janay in advance of the press session. Both times, Ray declined and said: ‘She’s good. She knows what she wants to say.'”
The fact that the Rices’ version of events directly contradict the Ravens’ tells us that someone is definitely not being truthful.