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A day after a new video surfaced showing Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée in the face in a hotel elevator, prompting the Baltimore Ravens to release the running back and the NFL to increase his suspension from two games to indefinite, Janay Rice defended her husband and criticized the media.

She posted the below on her instagram:

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing.

“To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

TMZ Sports, which released the video on its website Monday, said earlier Tuesday that sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City told TMZ Sports no one from the NFL asked the casino for the video of the couple in the elevator from the Feb. 15 incident. Instead, the league apparently relied on previously released video that showed Rice dragging his fiancée — who is seemingly unconscious — from the elevator.

The video, which is slightly longer than the TMZ version and includes some audio, was shown to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official isn’t authorized to release it. The Ravens reached their decision to release Rice in a quick meeting between Harbaugh, owner Steve Bisciotti, general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass, according to Harbaugh.

“The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon,” the team’s statement read.

Bisciotti first saw the video on television and decided almost immediately that Rice had to be released, a source told ESPN’s Ed Werder. Bisciotti called a meeting to confer with other members of the organization’s hierarchy. Newsome called Rice to inform him of the team’s decision. Harbaugh also spoke to Rice, while Bisciotti contacted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Now the bigger questions are:

1- Should anyone ever be fired because of something they did?

2- Was the league slow in enforcing this action?

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