Janay Rice said the her now-husband Ray Rice had never hit her before the assault in the elevator that changed the way that the world perceived the couple forever.

She made the comments during an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer Monday morning. 

From USA Today:

“Ray knows me. And there’s no way,” she told NBC’s Matt Lauer in an interview that aired on the TODAY Show Monday morning when asked if he had ever been violent toward her before. “He knows what he would have to deal with, you know, if this was something. You know, I’m not going to sit there in silence and let something happen to me — and God forbid, in front of my child, just like, let it happen? There’s no way.”

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Watch the interview here:

Janay Rice’s mother, Candy Palmer, also appeared on the segment and echoed her denials of any previous violence between the couple.

The interview marked Rice’s second time speaking since the incident in the Atlantic City casino. She said the hardest part had been remaining silent until a decision was reached on her husband’s appeal.

Rice’s indefinite suspension was overturned on Friday. Currently four teams are scouting him.

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