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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:

Janay Palmer, Ray Rice

"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.

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Oops! DiGiorno's bad!

In the wake of Ray Rice getting cut by the Baltimore Ravens after video surfaced of the NFL star knocking his wife out cold in an elevator, writer Beverly Gooden created the hashtag #WhyIStayed.

It was meant to invoke a discussion about the complexities of domestic violence, with women who have been abused using it to explain why they stuck with their man.

Rice's wife Janay Palmer married him a day after he was indicted for domestic violence, and came to his defense again this week after the attack video surfaced.

In any case, the hashtag was meant to inspire debate and conversation and it served its purpose... until DiGiorno jumped in with one of the more tone deaf Tweets you'll ever see:

DiGiorno Tweet

This was a tad different than the epically inappropriate US Airways Tweet from April - and also far worse.

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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.

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This morning, shocking surveillance footage of Ray Rice knocking out Jayna Palmer, his now-wife, inside a hotel elevator was released by TMZ.

Just hours later, Rice's now-former NFL employer tweeted, "The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon."

Previous footage showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer through the lobby of an Atlantic City hotel and casino in the aftermath of the incident.

Rice was originally suspended by the league for a mere two games, resulting in an uproar from many fans unhappy with the apparent wrist slap.

Despite the fact that she was clearly out cold, the NFL was apparently not aware of the footage that shows the viscious attack itself until this morning.

"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," the league said in a statement.

"The video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."

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Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson admitted that he sent a racist e-mail in August 2012 and will sell his interest in the NBA franchise as a result.

Levenson reported the e-mail to the NBA in July, almost two years after it was sent but while the league was deep in litigation over the sale of the L.A. Clippers.

Levenson was a vocal critic of Donald Sterling, the Clippers owner who was recorded making very racist comments by V. Stiviano and banned for life by the league.

The e-mail, to Hawks President Danny Ferry, explains (in great detail) Levenson's belief that the Hawks' fan base was too heavily African-American.

"I wrote an e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive," Levenson said in a news release, having self-reported his own scandal.

"I trivialized our fans by making cliched assumptions ... by focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional, hurtful message that white fans are more valuable than our black fans."

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in an NBA news release:

"Prior to the completion of the investigation, Mr. Levenson notified me last evening that he had decided to sell his controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks."

"As Mr. Levenson acknowledged, the views he expressed are entirely unacceptable and are in stark contrast to the core principles of the National Basketball Association."

"He shared with me how truly remorseful he is for using those hurtful words and how apologetic he is to the entire NBA family for [diverting] attention away from our game."

Read the full email from Levenson after the jump ...

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This past weekend, THE Ohio State University lost by two touchdowns to Virginia Tech in football, but at least the Buckeyes' marching band was a big winner.

Known for their elaborate and incredible performances, the students lived up to expectations with a tribute to many TV favorites through the years.

See how many references you can spot in the following video ...

The band honored everything from The Simpsons and The Addams Family to Batman (remember when that was a show?) and the M*A*S*H series finale.

Blending music with visuals, their creativity is boundless.

They even got creative with I Dream of Jeannie (smoke included) and Dunder Mifflin was representing as well in a picture perfect The Office logo.

What really got the crowd going, though?

The Game of Thrones theme song.

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Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice is seen in a new surveillance video knocking out his now-wife Janay Palmer in an incident earlier this year.

Rice's vicious attack on his fiancee earned him a modest two-game suspension from the NFL, a controversial move that surely looks even more so now.

Watch the just-released video of the punch that the NFL player delivered that sent her to the ground, with the warning that this is not for the faint of heart:

The aftermath outside the elevator - Rice dragging the unconscious woman across the floor (below) - was first revealed after his arrest for domestic violence.

The attack took place February 15 at the Revel Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., with the pair in a heated argument on their way into the elevator.

Inside the elevator, Rice starts to get physical, she hits back, and he knocks her unconscious, off her feet and into an elevator hand rail, then to the ground.

When the door opens, Ray, seemingly unfazed, drags her out into the hotel, nudging her with his foot at one point to see if she'll come to (she doesn't) ...

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Ariana Grande is way hotter than the purported Ariana Grande whose "leaked" naked photos are splashed all over Reddit and 4Chan last weekend.

She actually made this point on Twitter, calling out the alleged Ariana Grande nude photos as fake and saying that people ogling them need to find Jesus.

As a parting shot, she added that her lil ass is way cuter than whoever that chick is.

How undeniably true. Check out these new snaps she just posted on Instagram:

Ariana Grande Seahawks Jersey Photo

The 21-year-old sang the National Anthem at the NFL season opener last night in Seattle, and absolutely crushed her performance, to the surprise of no one.

Girl can sing, but has always been pretty reserved off the field/stage. Well, she's making a Grande (so to speak) splash on social media lately as well.

Rocking a bedazzled Seahawks jersey and jeans - no signature skirt and knee-high boots on this night - Ariana was killin' it in every respect Thursday.

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Shantel Jackson, Floyd Mayweather's former fiancee, is suing the boxing champion for physically attacking and threatening her on several occasions.

According to Shantel Jackson, Floyd first got violent with her in 2012, not long after a domestic violence case involving another woman landed him in jail.

Jackson claims the couple were arguing when the fighter "twisted [her] arm, choked her and forcibly took her phone away from her to look through it."

She claims Mayweather got violent again in 2013 during a heated argument, bending her arm, restraining her, and POINTING A GUN at her foot.

Shantel claims he asked her "'Which toe do you want me to shoot?'" and demanded she remove her 17 carat diamond engagement ring at gunpoint.

Finally, Jackson alleges that Floyd got physical again this past February at his condo in L.A., grabbing her by the arm during another ugly dispute.

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Gisele Bundchen is fighting back against the haters in an Under Armour ad which makes public criticism of her campaign for the company a focal point.

In the 60-second spot, the world's highest-paid model doesn’t utter a single word but instead throws kicks and punches at a heavy bag inside a warehouse.

All the while, social media comments about her, and specifically her endorsement deal with the brand, are projected on the walls, serving as motivation:

Among the shade thrown at Gisele on Twitter:

  • “Is modeling now a sport?”
  • “Under Armour. WTF?”
  • “Stick to modeling sweetheart.“
  • "Gisele is soooooo fake.”
  • “She’s old.”

The commercial is the latest in Under Armour’s “I Will What I Want” campaign, and it seems to thrive on the 34-year-old's surprisingly high number of detractors.

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