Law Enforcement Source Tells AP That Ray Rice Video Was Sent To NFL In April

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 0


The latest twist in the sad saga of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s domestic abuse scandal has arisen, and it’s one that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will find himself hard-pressed to explain.

According to the Associated Press, a law enforcement official connected with the NFL sent them a video of Rice knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay Palmer (now Rice) in an elevator of Atlantic City-based casino Revel in April:

The NFL was quick to disparage this report, as FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo reported that the league said they had no knowledge of the tape: 

Goodell appeared on yesterday’s CBS Evening News to declare that the NFL had asked for the video but was turned down. His words:

“I got into the office [on Monday] and our staff had come to me and said, ‘There’s new evidence.  There’s a video that you need to see.’  And I watched it then,” Goodell said.  “We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the video.  We assumed that there was a video.  We asked for video.  But we were not granted that opportunity.

I don’t know how TMZ or any other website gets their information,” Goodell said.  “We are particularly reliant on law enforcement.  That’s the most reliable.  It’s the most credible.  And we don’t seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.”

Yet this source, which is of the law enforcement variety and therefore deemed credible by Goodell’s own exact words, told the AP that they received a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number to confirm the video had arrived. A female voice allegedly thanks the official and says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”

While the source cannot officially confirm that the video was watched by anyone at the NFL, it certainly suggests that they did. The source also acknowledge that while they were not authorized to give the NFL the video as it was part of an ongoing investigation, they did so unsolicited so that the league would have all pertinent video evidence before handing down their punishment of Rice.

Rice was originally suspended for the first two games of the 2014 by the NFL season, a decision that prompted a massive backlash and lead the NFL to retool their policy on domestic violence.

But when the video of him knocking out his wife came out, he was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL. The league released three statements covering their own tracks with Goodell at the forefront of their effort to cover up their perceived mistake.

Today, however it looks like the truth may be hard to deny, and that could cost Goodell his job. With his credibility waning by the hour, is it time for the NFL owners to step up and relieve Roger Goodell of his duties?

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