‘TODAY’ EXCLUSIVE: RAY AND JANAY RICE SPEAK OUT TO NBC’S MATT LAUER

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NEW YORK - In an exclusive interview, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay tell their story for the first time to NBC’s Matt Lauer.  The interview will air in two parts on NBC’s TODAY, Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2.

During the interview, Janay Rice told Lauer: “I was furious… Of course in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn't be over because I know that this isn't us, and it's not him.”

Joe and Candy Palmer, Janay’s parents, join for portions of the interview. 

A brief excerpt from the interview follows.  The excerpt and video clip may be used subject to the following restrictions:

a. Mandatory credit to NBC's TODAY on first reference with air dates of Monday and Tuesday, December 1 and 2.

b. The onscreen “TODAY Exclusive” credit must be clearly visible and unobstructed at all times in any image, video clip, or other form of media.

c. Embedded web video must stream from the TODAY.com media player with the unobstructed credit as described above.   

Additional excerpts from the interview will be released Sunday, November 30 on TODAY, Meet the Press, Nightly News and SundayNight Football.

Photos from the interview are attached. The interview will be available on TODAY.com after it airs.

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JANAY RICE ON THE AFTERMATH OF THE INCIDENT 

MATT LAUER:  We've only seen you months after the incident. And I can't imagine that you were that calm when you started to realize exactly what happened in that elevator.  Can you describe those emotions?

JANAY RICE: I was furious. We came home and we didn't talk the entire ride.  Well, I didn’t speak to him the entire ride home. He tried to talk to me.  I didn't want to hear any of it.  I just knew he hit me, and I was completely over it.  I was done… I just didn't even want to entertain it - any explanation.  Of course in the back of my mind and in my heart I knew that our relationship wouldn't be over because I know that this isn't us, and it's not him.

Link to embeddable video: http://www.today.com/video/today/56516041

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