Report: NFL, Ravens Appear To Be Full Of Shit — Law Enforcement Sent Elevator Video To The League Months Ago
September 10 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
The AP reports that a law enforcement official sent the second tape of Ray Rice beating up Janay Palmer to the NFL back in April -- and a league official confirmed receiving the video. This directly contradicts Roger Goodell's multiple claims that the league tried to obtain this video and failed.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week.
The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible."
The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched the video. The person said they were unauthorized to release the video but shared it unsolicited, because they wanted the NFL to have it before deciding on Rice's punishment.
If this ends up being true, Goodell is F U C K E D. He just went on CBS and said he had not seen the tape, nor had anyone else at the NFL seen the tape, "to my knowledge." That means that Goodell is either A) lying, and if so he's ruined and should resign immediately or B) completely ignorant of what goes on in his office, which is nearly as ruinous. Option B appears to be the track the league is taking in its response to the report:
"We have no knowledge of this," the statement said. "We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.
UPDATE: ABC is reporting that the Ravens knew Rice's lawyer had a copy of the video, but did not attempt to obtain it:
Revel [the casino] officials told the team that Rice's attorney had a copy and the Ravens should ask the lawyer for the tape, the sources told ABC News.
The Ravens did not ask Rice or his lawyer for a copy of the video. Instead, the Ravens and the NFL asked law enforcement for the video which declined to give it up.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that the tape "wasn't made available" to the team, which is true in the loosest sense of the word -- the tape wasn't made available to them by one party. But the lawyer of their running back had it. So that doesn't really hold up.
This is starting to completely unravel, and by the end of it, we wouldn't be surprised if Goodell and possibly members of the Ravens' front office paid for this with their jobs.
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