Until recently, Janay Palmer Rice was a little-known figure, the 26-year-old partner of Ray Rice, the star running back for the Baltimore Ravens. But after Mr. Rice’s contract was terminated by his team on Monday, she became the most famous battered wife in the country, a fierce defender of her husband and, to domestic violence experts and survivors, an extraordinarily public example of the complex psychology of women abused by men.
“Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is,” she posted on her Instagram account. “To take something away from the man I love that he has worked” for all his life is “horrific,” she said. “Ravensnation we love you!” she added.