In addition to being released by the Baltimore Ravens today, NFL running back Ray Rice has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
The league previously suspended Rice for just two games for beating his then-fiancée, now wife Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator. The public fiercely criticized that punishment as far too light, especially given how strict the NFL is on other issues like drug policy.
Those public criticisms reached new volumes today after TMZ published a video of Rice beating Palmer. Until now, the public had not seen the video. Within minutes of the video’s release, social media was flooded by NFL fans, players, and decent human beings blasting the league and demanding more punishment.
At 2:15 p.m. eastern time, Rice was released by the Ravens. Just 30 minutes later, the league announced Rice was suspended indefinitely.
The league said in a statement to NFL Media’s Ian Rapaport that league officials saw the video for the first time today.
"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," the league statement said.
We’ll update you on the situation as more information becomes available. In the meantime, don’t expect to see Rice on an NFL field anytime soon.