Ray Rice was arrested over the weekend following an altercation with his fiancee in Atlantic City. Both he and his fiancee were released, and Rice’s attorney characterized the incident as minor.
Obviously following an incident like that, many people are curious about Rice’s fiancee/girlfriend. That’s why we have answers for you.
Rice’s girlfriend is a woman named Janay Palmer. The two have been together since around 2008, just before the time Rice was drafted by the Ravens. They a young daughter together named Rayven (you can see a picture of the three here) and they became engaged around 2012.
According to an interview she gave The Times West Virginian, Palmer and Rice, who are both from New York, met in high school. They kept in contact while he was at Rutgers and she was at a junior college, and they began dating shortly before Rice was drafted by the Ravens in 2008.
Palmer moved with Rice to Maryland after he was drafted. She enrolled in nearby Towson State for school, and for a graduation gift, Rice gave her a new car and engagement ring. Here’s how the proposal went down.
Rice asked Janay to go outside to grab his wallet from the car. He ended up telling her the engagement ring and 2012 Acura were hers.
“I almost passed out when he told me the car was mine,” said Palmer. “I’m just happy I decided to be nice that day instead of letting him get his own wallet.”
Palmer, now 26, gave birth to the couple’s daughter in Feb. 2012. The two are scheduled to be married in June.
Janay experienced a brush with the law when she was arrested for shoplifting and had her picture splashed all over gossip site Media Take Out.
Palmer’s sister, Taylor Palmer, is currently a basketball player at West Virginia, which has led her and Ray to go to Morgantown to catch a game.