Janay Palmer is breaking her silence on the shocking video of Ray Rice knocking her out cold, defending her now-husband and putting the media on blast.
In a post from her Instagram page Tuesday, and verified by the Baltimore Sun, Janay Rice writes, "I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare."
The former NFL star's wife says she's "feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend, but to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself."
She continued her defense of her husband, saying, "No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family."
Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens hours after the video was posted by TMZ; Ray had been suspended two games prior to the clip's release.
The duo married the day after he was indicted on domestic violence charges, which earned him a wrist slap from the NFL in a controversial decision.
An earlier video (below) showed Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee on the floor after the fight, but the true nature of the attack was not seen until Monday.