TMZ: NFL Never Asked To See Ray Rice Elevator Tape, Even Though It Was Readily Available
There's a scene in "Godfather II" in which Kay tries to give a letter to the family lawyer, Tom Hagen, played by Robert Duval. The letter is for her husband Michael (Al Pacino), who is in hiding in Sicily. But Hagen won't take the letter. Hagen: "Now if I accepted that, they could prove in a court of law that I knew of Michael's whereabouts."
Roger Goodell obviously has a consigliere, because he apparently went to great lengths not to view the Ray Rice elevator video. TMZ is reporting today that Goodell and NFL officials never asked to see the casino footage of Rice punching his then-fiance, even though it was readily available. In fact they would have been happy to hand it over. TMZ:
Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports ... NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator ... video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.
Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us ... if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied. Former employees have told us someone with an affiliation to the NFL saw the video, but we are now certain that someone was not from Goodell's office or the core NFL executives.
Probably a shadowy figure employed by the NFL but off the books, like Beaks in "Trading Places". He told the NFL what the video showed, so they knew, but had plausible deniability. That's two sentences of pure speculation right there, but that's the way it could have happened.
This contradicts Ravens' coach John Harbaugh, who said in a press conference on Monday that the elevator video "wasn't made available."
If by that you mean that it wasn't delivered to your office and placed in your DVR by a team of assistants, OK.
Whether it was or wasn't isn't really the point, of course. Everyone knew what happened. But now that we know (according to TMZ) that the NFL never even requested it, that places an even brighter spotlight on their coverup attempt/incompetence (choose one).
One might say that Harbaugh's job is only to win games. But domestic violence of this sort is everyone's business who's there. How can you wear that logo on your shirt and not take some kind of ownership of this?
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