NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell claimed yesterday that the NFL wasn't able to obtain a video that showed former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee (current wife) Janay Palmer inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino and hotel.
"We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video, but we were never granted that opportunity," Goodell told CBS News (video below).
However, today, the Associated Press reports that an unidentified law enforcement official claims to have sent the video to an NFL executive five months ago.
The unidentified law enforcement official played a female voicemail for the Associated Press from an NFL phone number on April 9. The voice confirms the arrival of the punching video and says, "You're right. It's terrible."
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The law enforcement official could not confirm that anyone at the NFL watched the Rice-Palmer punching video.
But the NFL has repeatedly claimed that it could not get the video of the punching incident, which happened in February.
"We have no knowledge of this," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said today. "We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it."