Here's What Happens When You Google "Ray Rice's Wife"


Until Tuesday afternoon, when a user searched the term "Ray Rice's wife" on Google this was the top result: 


The top search result contains the answer: Janay Palmer (now Janay Rice after the two wed in 2014). It also featured a closely cropped image of Janay Rice's black eye following the revelation last year that the former NFL player had assaulted his then-fiancée in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

The assault occurred in February 2014, but the severity was not widely known until September when TMZ leaked the surveillance video footage of the attack. At that point, Palmer and Rice were married, but the leak led to his eventual ouster from the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL. 

After a request for comment regarding the search result on Tuesday, Google spokeswoman Kara Berman confirmed to Mic that the image had been changed. 

"Images and search results are automatically and algorithmically generated," she told Mic in a statement Tuesday. "We are continually working to improve our search and image algorithms."

This is what a Google search for the same term yields as of Wednesday morning: 


Rice's reality: While the assault is a reality in Janay and Ray Rice's lives, it's also a moment she said she does not like to relive. In fact, she told Today in December that she had avoided watching the surveillance video. 

"That's been the hardest part, is having so much of your life made public and have it all be negative," she said to Today, according to CNN. "That's the hardest part, is not having control over anything that has to do with you. It's a natural thing for a human to want to come out and say, 'No, no. That's not me,' or 'No, that's not true.' But it's like a battle that we just can't win," she said.

As Mic reported earlier this week, Ray Rice has spoken out about the assault and the aftermath and says he's learned from it. In fact, he said he learned that the imagery from the assault was what made it so jarring to fans and viewers. 

"It really shouldn't take photos or anything to understand the severity of domestic violence," he told ESPN's SportsCenter on Sunday. "It happens every eight seconds, as we speak." He added, "I totally understand what my visual did and the effect it had on society and the survivors of domestic violence."