In an interview that aired on "The Today Show" this morning, Janay Rice revealed that she has forgiven her husband, free agent NFL running back Ray Rice, for punching her unconscious during a March 27 altercation at an Atlantic City casino (watch the interview below).

Rice also said that this was the first instance of domestic violence in their relationship and she very much wants her husband to play in the NFL again now that his indefinite suspension has been overturned.


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On "America's Newsroom" today, sportscaster Jim Gray said it's the Rices' relationship and their life, so if they're ready to move forward, then why not?

As for the NFL's much-criticized handling of the situation, Janay Rice would not call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a liar during the interview, Gray pointed out, but she did say that she believed Goodell was not telling the truth when he claimed that Ray Rice left the details of what occurred in the casino elevator "ambiguous" when he originally spoke to the commissioner.

Gray said that he has talked to several teams and several owners and he does not see a path at this time for Rice to return to the NFL - at least this year - since it would be a very difficult public relations situation.

"He wants to play again in the National Football League, she wants to move on with her relationship with Ray Rice, and we're just going to have to play it out, in terms of the NFL. But, in terms of those two, that's between them."

Watch the clip above and see Rice's "Today Show" interview below.


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