September 10th, 2014
11:53 AM ET

Wife of Former NFL Player Says Ray Rice Shouldn't be Banned From the League

When the elevator footage of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was released this week, where Rice is seen striking his then-fiancee, public reaction was clear and consistent.

A torrent of criticism, shock and sheer fury was unleashed upon Rice, the Ravens and the NFL, which resulted in the quick termination of Rice's contract and a finger-pointing game of "who knew what when."

What few could understand, however, was the mindset of Janay Rice, Ray Rice's now-wife and victim in the video.

Why did she stay? What are the choices one faces in abusive relationships - with added public scrutiny?

Dewan Williams, wife of former NFL player Wally Williams, had a frank and challenging conversation with Michaela Pereira on "New Day" Wednesday about the Rice fallout, and the sometimes subjugated roles of NFL wives.

Williams also detailed her own experience with domestic abuse.

"When you reach out, you're left on an island by yourself," she said. "I was told by coaches, in our particular situation, I was told not to talk to the media. Not to talk to anyone, not to get an attorney."

Williams believes aspects of football culture could potentially foster abusive home lives.

"You have these men that are playing a very violent sport, and it's okay to use aggression and to enforce their will on someone else in the football field," she said.

Yet despite Rice's admitted guilt, and the incriminating nature of the footage, Williams maintained that Rice is merely being used as an example in the wake of a public backlash.

She said she doesn't think Rice should be banned from the league and hopes that he can one day return to the NFL.

"I feel that he's being punished because the lights have been turned on," she said.

"He’s being made to pay for things that have been ongoing."


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September 10th, 2014
10:25 AM ET

Your Tips Helped Cops Nab Robbery Suspect

Last week we told you about a shocking crime where two teens in a Washington state mall were caught on camera stealing a tablet from a couple with cerebral palsy.

Well, in today's "Better Stuff," we thank you and your tips for helping police catch one of the suspects.

One of the victims told David Rose, of our CNN affiliate KCPQ, that the flood of tips warmed her heart.

"I'm really happy," she said.

"There was a historian who said, 'the only way that evil triumphs is if good people do nothing,' and we've just proved that there are a bunch of good people in Washington state."

Police say the 17-year-old has a lengthy record and they are still looking for the second suspect.

If you have #GoodStuff news, let us know.

You can reach us on Facebook, tweet to @ChrisCuomo or@NewDay using #NewDay, and submit your story on iReport.

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September 10th, 2014
06:33 AM ET

"Morning Minute" with Michaela Pereira – September 10, 2014

Need to get today's top stories on-the-go? Watch Michaela Pereira's morning minute now!

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Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
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September 10th, 2014
05:25 AM ET

Five Things to Know for Your New Day – Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The President rolls out his strategy for combating ISIS. The NFL commissioner is under fire for his handling of the Ray Rice case. And Apple wows the world with four new products.

It's Wednesday, and here are the "5 things to know for your New Day."