When you think of the wife of a pro athlete, you may perhaps envision the likes of reality show fodder such as "Basketball Wives" or "Football Wives," but Janay Rice, wife of embattled NFL player Ray Rice, is far from the stereotype.
Janay Rice is in the headlines this week after new video footage of her February altercation with her then-fiance in an elevator shows that she was hit so viciously that she was knocked unconscious by the football player.
The football wife spoke out Tuesday with a blistering post on Instagram, in which she targeting the media, the public and pro football.
"To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his a** off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific... "THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get," she wrote.
But just who is Janay Palmer Rice, the wife and mother at the center of a firestorm that has enveloped social media and started raging discussions about domestic violence and the law's perceived leniency when it comes to pro athletes.
Here are five things to know about her:
She met Ray Rice when she was a teenager
Janay's family is from Mount Vernon, New York, about a 15-minute drive to New Rochelle, where Ray hails from.
Janay was 16 years old when she first met the future Baltimore Raven, according to media accounts. After high school, he went to New Jersey's Rutgers University and she attended Westchester Community College in New York, but the two stayed in touch, according to a profile of Janay by Towson University alum Cierra Calle.
Later, she would move to Maryland to be near Rice, studying at Towson in Maryland.
Her sister is a collegiate athlete
Janay's sister, Taylor Palmer, plays basketball for West Virginia University and was named the 2014 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year, which goes to the conference's most valuable contributor off the bench.
Rice proposed with a new car
According to Calle's blog, Rice proposed to Janay by having her look in the middle compartment of a new 2012 Acura for his wallet -- what she found was an engagement ring.
“I almost passed out when he told me the car was mine,” she told Calle. “I’m just happy I decided to be nice that day instead of letting him get his own wallet.”
According to Calle, Janay's first date with Rice was at a Cheesecake Factory. “I was so nervous ... I didn’t even eat dinner," she was quoted as saying. "I just ate a slice of cheesecake."
A gossip website accused her of shoplifting
In 2010, a gossip blog published an article saying that Palmer was accused of stealing a $1,000 dress from a local mall. “I immediately started bawling,” Palmer told Calle. “I didn’t want people to think I was a thief.”
Palmer said she learned that day to be wary of such websites. “I thank them because I’ve learned to grow thicker skin,” Palmer told Calle. “I’m just happy that Ray and I have a good foundation. We’ve been through a lot, and we trust each other, so as long as we're on the same page, the media has little relevance in our life.”
After the birth of her daughter, she decided to stay in school
In February 2012, she and Rice's daughter Rayven was born. Janay told Calle that leaving school was never an option. “For me to say I can’t finish school because I’m a mother is unacceptable. Ray has been through so much in his life. If he can overcome things, I can certainly do so as well.”
Two years later, February 2014, Janay and Ray were seen in the aftermath of some sort of physical altercation in an elevator. Grainy footage showed him pulling an unconscious Janay out of the elevator.
Along with Rice, Janay was charged with domestic assault. Her charges were later dismissed. The couple got married a month later.
The ceremony, came one day after Rice was indicted for the elevator incident.
This week, a new piece of video showed Rice cold-cocking his then-fiancee so hard that she is knocked out. He then drags her unconscious body out of the elevator. Outrage is immediate. Rice is toss out of the NFL. Janay lashes out on Instagram.
On Tuesday, the Ravens announced on Twitter that anyone with a Rice jersey could get it exchanged at stadium stores.