Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, spoke alongside his wife Janay during a news conference in May. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

The voice of Janay Rice — the woman who was knocked out by Ray Rice in the video that resulted in his release by the Baltimore Ravens and suspension by the NFL — was heard Tuesday morning.

In an Instagram post, Rice defended her husband and marriage and railed against the price she and the couple is paying for the incident in February in an Atlantic City casino elevator.

She wrote:

I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, 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. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific [sic]. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!

She added in the comments: “Hurt beyond words…”

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H/T Screengrab courtesy Chick Hernandez

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