Back in February, Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City, N.J. for assaulting his then-fiancée Janay Palmer at the Revel Atlantic City hotel and casino. And just two days after his arrest, TMZ Sports released a shocking video of the Ravens running back carrying Janay—who is now Rice's wife—out of an elevator inside of Revel. The assumption was that Rice had struck Janay inside of the elevator and then dragged her out of it after the incident took place. But no one knew exactly what happened between Rice and Palmer on that night...until now.
Very early this morning, TMZ Sports got their hands on yet another video featuring Rice and his then-fiancée. This video shows the couple arguing outside of an elevator bay in Revel before getting on to an elevator and continuing their argument. And then, it shows Rice punching Palmer and knocking her to the ground before eventually picking her up and dragging her off of the elevator when the elevator doors opened.
Just a warning: The video is very disturbing and, frankly, very hard to watch. And it's going to be very difficult for Roger Goodell and the NFL to continue to defend the two-game suspension that they handed to Rice in July now that this video has been released.
As of right now, Rice and the Ravens have not responded to the video. Neither has the NFL. But we will be sure to keep you updated on this situation as we move forward.
According to ESPN New York's Jane McManus, the NFL had access to the video above before suspending Rice for two games:
The NFL just released a statement to TMZ Sports concerning the latest Ray Rice video. In it, a league spokesman claims that the league did not see the video prior to suspending Rice for two games.
"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," the spokesman told TMZ Sports. "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."
The Ravens claim they hadn't seen the video that was released today, either, according to CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora:
[via TMZ Sports]