“I get angry about it because it’s the furthest things from the truth,” said the wife and mother.
Rice went on to say that prior to the February 2014 incident, the ex-Baltimore Raven had never put his hands on her.
“It has never happened before, and that’s not him. He’s been made out to be this monster, and he’s not a wife beater. He’s someone who made a mistake. He’s human.”
While she insists that she is not trying to downplay her husband’s actions, she expressed confidence in his rehabilitation.
“I’m not taking the light off of anything that he did. He’s human, and he has done everything he’s supposed to do to redeem himself. So it kind of makes me quite mad.”
Rice also found it necessary to dispel gold digger rumors. When asked what she felt the biggest misconception that the public has about her is, she responded:
“That I’m with Ray for all of the wrong reasons, or that I stayed with him for the wrong reasons. One thing that I’ve heard a lot is, ‘Why did she stay? Is it because of the money? Is it because of who he is?’ That’s the biggest misconception. A lot of people assume that I’m with Ray for what he can do for me. But anybody who knows me knows that I don’t need Ray. I’m with him because I love him, and he just happens to be a football player.”
Earlier today, the network also released a clip from the former Ravens star’s interview with Hill, which drew criticism due to his comments about having regrets that he didn’t help his wife up off of the floor after hitting her.