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

Source: AP
Source: AP

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

Screengrab on Nov. 9
Source: 
Mic/Google.com

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: 

Screenshot on Nov. 11
Source: 
Mic/Google

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." 

How likely are you to make Mic your go-to news source?

Michelle Garcia

Michelle Garcia is the identities editor for Mic.com, and the former managing editor of Advocate.com.

MORE FROM

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.

American Health Care Act by the numbers: What to know about Senate Republicans' secret health plan

After drafting the ACA repeal and replace plan behind closed doors, the AHCA is out — and Senate Republican leaders are hoping to vote on it in a week.

Grizzly bear protections in Yellowstone National park are ending

A final ruling by US government officials will strike the Yellowstone grizzly bear from the list of threatened species after its population increased to 700.

Another day, another off-camera White House press briefing

The move to scale back on-camera press briefings comes amid Trump's increasing unwillingness to interact with the press.

Minneapolis might get a $15 minimum wage, but restaurant workers aren't celebrating

Discord has been brewing in Minneapolis over whether tipped work will be counted toward a $15 minimum wage.

These abysmal new poll numbers for House health care bill don't bode well for Senate version

Only 34% of Republicans approve of the new proposed law.

'Pizzagate' shooter gets 4-year prison sentence, lawyers urged judge to deter vigilantism

Welch stormed a Washington, D.C., pizza place and shot off a firearm because of the internet.

American Health Care Act by the numbers: What to know about Senate Republicans' secret health plan

After drafting the ACA repeal and replace plan behind closed doors, the AHCA is out — and Senate Republican leaders are hoping to vote on it in a week.