Did the NFL Know About Ray Rice Punching Video?

| by Michael Allen

A video showing Baltimore Ravens Ray Rice punching then-fiancee (present wife) Janay Palmer inside an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City earlier this year surfaced on Monday.

The star running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and cut by the Ravens, but one report says the NFL knew about the newly-released video (below) all along.

“The NFL knew this surveillance video existed,” Harvey Levin, of TMZ (which uploaded the video yesterday), told Fox 5. “It almost feels like the NFL didn’t want to know. The only reason all of this has happened today is that the NFL was backed into a corner because we put this video up.”

TMZ reports that copies of the video were given to the Atlantic City police and Rice’s lawyer Michael Diamondstein.

The Associated Press notes that NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement on Monday: "We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us. And no one in our office has seen it until today.”

According to TMZ, unidentified sources, who worked for the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, claim that no one from the NFL asked the hotel/casino for the elevator video.

“[The video is] something we saw for the first time today, all of us,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said yesterday. “It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”

However, the Atlantic City police stated in court papers earlier this year that Rice caused “bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious,” which is what the video shows.

Sources: Associated Press, TMZ, Fox 5 (Image Credit: Keith Allison)