Video of Ray Rice Incident with Wife Janay Palmer Leaked by TMZ

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2014

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Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10

Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press dropped a bombshell of an update on if the NFL had seen the TMZ video of Ray Rice and his wife Janay in the elevator before Monday:

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.

The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."

The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice's punishment.

Maaddi went on to describe a new video that the AP obtained: 

The video, shown to the AP on Monday, is slightly longer than the TMZ version, and includes some audio.

Rice and Janay Palmer — now Janay Rice — can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit at Rice right before he throws a brutal punch. After she collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, "She's drunk, right?" And then, "No cops."

Josh Margolin, Darren Rovell and Aaron Katersky of ABC News reported on what the Ravens knew about the tape's availability and existence:

The Baltimore Ravens knew shortly after Ray Rice knocked out his wife in a hotel elevator that a surveillance video of the assault existed and that Rice's lawyer had a copy of the video, but never asked to see it, sources told ABC News today.


But two sources briefed on the incident and behind-the-scenes discussions regarding the tape told ABC News that the Ravens knew that the tape existed and knew what was on the tape almost immediately after the incident.

Lynda Cohen of The Press had an interesting note concerning Rice:

Ray Rice never would have faced jail time in the assault that knocked his now-wife unconscious, even if he had gone to trial, the Atlantic County prosecutor said Wednesday, breaking his silence on the case for the first time.

“Even if they disagree with why I did what I did, I just want people to know the decision was made after careful consideration of the law, careful consideration of the of facts, hearing the voice of the victim and considering all the parameters,” he said of why he chose to speak out. “I want people to have confidence in this agency, even if they don’t agree with everything we do.”

“People need to understand, the choice was not PTI versus five years state prison,” McClain said. “The choice was not PTI versus the No Early Release Act on a 10-year sentence. The parameters as they existed were: Is this a PTI case or a probation case?”

The NFL offered a brief statement via Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports:

CBS' Norah O'Donnell had more on the NFL's stance:

Mark Maske of The Washington Post had more from Goodell following the latest development:

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports on what this could mean for multiple people involved:

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman provides a statement from Rice's former teammate following the leaked domestic violence video:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9

TMZ reports the NFL did not request to see the surveillance video from the elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City:

The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee ... TMZ Sports has learned. Commissioner Rodger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question ... Is that the way he wanted it?

Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports ... NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator ... video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.  

Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us ... if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied.

The NFL quickly released a statement in response to TMZ's latest revelation, courtesy of ESPN's Darren Rovell:

Original Text

Video has emerged depicting the moment Ray Rice punched his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay Palmer in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Following the release of the video, the Ravens released Rice:

TMZ released footage Monday from the Feb. 15 incident, raising questions once more about Rice's light punishment for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Rice and Janay were married March 28, and the Ravens running back received a two-game suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on July 24.

Note before watching that the content is graphic:

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun provides a statement from the NFL discussing the release of the video:

Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel provided thoughts from an anonymous team official predicting Rice's future with the Ravens:

ProFootballTalk also speculated on the ramifications of the video surfacing:

ProFootballTalk also passed along that head coach John Harbaugh will speak to the media this evening:

In July, following the announcement of his punishment, Rice commented on his suspension in a statement released on the Ravens' website:

It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault. As I said earlier, I failed in many ways.

But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.

Rice and Janay appeared to have entered the elevator squabbling and exchanged light blows before Rice delivered the punch seen in the video above.

Video had already been released depicting Rice dragging Janay out of the elevator doors, but this new footage will only renew debates about whether he should have received a more serious punishment.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported details from the Ravens' investigation:

Yahoo Sports' Rand Getlin posted an image of the NFL's official statement from July:

In that note, Goodell describes the punch as being "inconsistent with league policies and standard of behavior required of everyone who is a part of the NFL."

It was announced Aug. 28 that the NFL revised its domestic violence policy: six games for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second.


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