"It's not a sound bite, this is a real situation," Jay told reporters in Arizona. "If you can't have compassion for others ... just imagine it being your sister or your mom or someone like that, then think about how you should talk about that.
"I just think we all should just support her," he continued. "She's going through a tough time. You gotta realize she's a young girl, as well. She's very young."
The rapper was formerly president and CEO of Island Def Jam Records, Rihanna's label, and presided over her signing and early career. Rihanna,
Jay was in Arizona for his third annual "Two Kings" dinner, which he co-hosts with LeBron James, as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend. The event was attended by Kobe Bryant, Young Jeezy, Chris Tucker, Spike Lee, Michael Strahan, Grant Hill, Tamia and others.
MTV will air "Chris Brown & Rihanna: Love in Trouble" on Monday, February 16, at 6 p.m. ET/ PT.