The Baltimore Ravens and the NFL have been harshly criticized over the past few weeks for their negligence and bungling concerning Ray Rice's incident of domestic assault back in February. Over this time, they've been subject to a wave of scrutiny from the media and the public, culminating in a revelatory report from ESPN released last Friday that detailed a massive cover-up on the part of both the NFL and the Ravens. Baltimore has since refuted ESPN's story.

The Worldwide Leader is sticking by their reporting, though. Today, the network's lead NFL correspondent Adam Schefter doubled-down on ESPN's original story with some information of his own. While sitting in with ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, Schefter spoke frankly about the supposed difficulty the NFL and the Ravens had in acquiring the full video of Ray Rice's incident in the Revel's elevator:

You would have to think at some point somebody here will be in trouble over this. The security guy clearly knew exactly what was going on. Leadership, management, did what it could to conceal and push it through. I think that Ray Rice's track record helped him here, that they cared about him. They wanted to believe that it was an isolated deal but they knew. 

There were players who were in Las Vegas a week or two after this incident and I know one player said, "You want to see the videotape of what happened?" So there were players who could see the videotape, yet the Ravens, many of the Ravens, claim they couldn't see it.

Schefter's statement deeply contradicts much of what has been stated by the NFL and the Ravens. If we're to take Schefter at his word, it seems like the league and the Ravens could've seen the full video pretty easily. Having worked with ESPN since 2009, Schefter is highly regarded as one of journalism's most reliable inside sources on the NFL.

[via Deadspin]