Former NFL star Ray Rice is speaking out for the first time since the release of the shocking video of Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious earlier this year.
Janay Palmer married Rice shortly after the incident, which became a hugely controversial story after Ray's arrest and modest two-game suspension.
The video of the attack did not surface until this week, however, and once it did, Rice was immediately cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
In an interview with ESPN, the disgraced 27-year-old running back said:
"I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong … We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we'll continue to support each other."
Perhaps not the best word choice by Ray, given the nature of his attack on Janay, but the two are nothing if not a united front, for better or worse.
"I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this," he said.
The athlete then handed the phone to Janay Palmer, who explained, "I love my husband. I support him. I want people to respect our privacy in this family matter."
Earlier today, Janay posted a similarly defiant message on Instagram.