Video Surfaces of Ravens' Ray Rice Punching Fiancee

NFL claims it hadn't seen video when it handed down 2-game suspension
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2014 9:58 AM CDT

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has already been seen on camera dragging the unconscious body of his then-fiancee Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Now TMZ has obtained the graphic surveillance video footage of the actual punch, which happened in February at the Revel Casino Hotel inside the elevator. In the video, Palmer is seen fighting back before Rice decks her; she then falls and hits her head on the elevator handrail. The NFL said that the "video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today," as per CBS Sports. The league suspended Rice for two games as punishment; criticism has since led the league to change the punishment to six games for a first offense. The couple have since married.

TMZ runs down some of the outraged reaction to the video, including Seth Rogen, who tweeted, "I don't know much about football, but I know that Ray Rice is a piece of garbage who shouldn't be allowed to play it professionally anymore. @nflcommish your punishment for beating a woman is less than for smoking weed." (More Ray Rice stories.)

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