Disgraced Baltimore Ravens player RAY RICE and his wife speak out blaming media for video of him allegedly knocking his wife out goes viral.

Ray Rice and his wife, Janay held a ESPN presser, a day after he was fired by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended by the NFL for knocking her out in the  elevator of the casino.

“We have a lot of people praying for us,” Rice, 27, told ESPN. “I have to be there for (Janay) and my family right now and work through this.”Janay Rice took to Instagram to blame the media for airing the shocking video footage that appears to have ended her husband’s pro-football career.

It’s NOT like it didn’t happened and abused sposuse traditionally live in a world of denial.

“To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday (sic) is a horrible thing,” she wrote. “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 horrific.”Rice’s 26-year-old wife added, “THIS IS OUR LIFE!”“What don’t you all get,” she blogged. “If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels.”"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," she wrote. "But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare in itself."

Associated Press said it had seen a longer version of the shocking footage of the Feb. 15 assault in an elevator of the newly shuttered Revel Casino Hotel.

According to AP, the lengthier cut of the surveillance tape has audio of the couple screaming epithets and also showed Janay spitting in Rice’s face before he cold cocked her with a knockout punch.

NFL commish Roger Goodell insists that neither he nor his staff have seen the video before it was posted online yesterday.

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including any video that may exist," the NFL said in its most recent statement. "We spoke to members of the New Jersey State Police and reached out multiple times to the Atlantic City Police Department and the Atlantic County prosecutor's office. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office saw it until yesterday."

Meanwhile over the years many major sports figures have a lengthy history of spousal abuse.

The late Dr. Joyce Brothers, famed psychologist told The ENQUIRER in 1994 that many athletes suffer from “super jock” syndrome and that these athletes became easily frustrated – often taking their rage out on those closest.

“Athletes are conditioned to deal with any obstacle by physically overwhelming it with aggression,” Dr. Brothers noted.

Factor in modern-day steroids and human growth hormones (HGH) and you have a very ugly mix resulting in violence.