A video has been leaked on the internet showing Baltimore Ravens running-back Ray Rice punching his wife in the face when the two were arguing in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City earlier this year.
TMZ has released the footage, where Rice is seen to strike his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in the face on 15 February this year. Palmer retaliates, before Rice hits her a second time in the face, knocking her unconscious. The leak has led to widespread condemnation of both Rice and the seemingly light punishment he received from the National Football League.
Rice was handed a two-match ban for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the suspension on 24 July. It has also been confirmed that neither Goodell nor anyone else at the NFL saw the video before deciding on the ban, which has led to criticism for apparently being too lenient with the sanction.
The NFL released a statement on Monday to confirm they hadn’t seen the footage before making their decision on the basis that they had requested to see all the available footage at the time. The statement read: “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
Rice issued a statement on 24 July regarding the incident following the announcement of his ban. Released on the Ravens’ website, Rice said: “It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault. As I said earlier, I failed in many ways.
“But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counselling has helped tremendously.”
The two would later confirm they had got married just a month after the assault.
See a clip of the statement suspending him for the offense.
Credit: The Independent