Ravens Deny Giving Janay Rice A Script: Classic Case Of She Said We Said What She Should Say
The Baltimore Ravens released a statement that they denied giving Ray Rice’s wife, Janay Rice, a script to read during the couple’s joint press conference in May, in which she apologized for her role when Ray Rice hit her.
The statement from the team mentions that they did provide talking points to Ray Rice for the press conference, which is common.
”There has been some discussion in the media about the Ravens providing a 'script' or 'suggested script' to Janay and Ray Rice prior to a May 23 press session. After conversations with Ray about what he wanted to say, we did provide talking points to Ray for this event. ... Preparing talking points and briefings for meetings with reporters is common in our business. After Ray informed the Ravens that Janay wanted also to speak at the event, I asked Ray on two different days if Ray wanted me to speak with Janay in advance of the press session. Both times, Ray declined and said: 'She's good. She knows what she wants to say.' At no time prior to the May 23 session did we provide talking points, a script or suggested script to Janay or speak with her about the press event. We did not recommend or suggest to Ray or Janay that she apologize in any way.” – Ravens statement on WBALTV.com
Janay Rice told The Today Show on Monday morning that the Ravens provided her with a general script and suggested she apologize at the press conference. She also said she only took part in the May press conference because the team asked her to.
— Kevin Van Valkenburg (@KVanValkenburg) December 4, 2014
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