Current and former NFL players, as well as media members, have gone to Twitter to criticize commissioner Roger Goodell's response to the Ray Rice case.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that an NFL executive had received the elevator tape of Rice and his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in April.
On Tuesday, TMZ.com reported the NFL never asked the casino to see elevator security video. The league responded with a statement saying it saw the video for the first time Monday morning.
Later Tuesday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS that the league had never seen video of what happened in the elevator.
Atlanta Falcons receiver Roddy White:
Rodger should just come out and say we messed up and drop the ball on this one but he won't to much pride and it's a lot of that in the nfl — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 10, 2014
I must say the nfl does have ridiculous resources I remember coming out in the 05 draft they knew everything about my family history scary — Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 10, 2014
Sean Payton was suspended for one year. "Ignorance not an excuse..." Say no mo — Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 10, 2014
"We are held accountable for our actions as players, the commissioner should be held accountable for his actions.” — Drew Brees on Goodell — America's Pregame (@AmericasPregame) September 10, 2014
Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Cary Williams:
Cary Williams on NFL's handling of Ray Rice: "I think from the beginning they dropped the ball." ...Criticized them for not seeing the tape. — Zach Berman (@ZBerm) September 10, 2014
Former NFL linebacker Jonathan Vilma:
I know firsthand the commissioner will go to great lengths to "gather all evidence" but he purposely did not in this instance. Appalling. — Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
If the commissioner had really asked for the video, he would've made it very public & very clear that the casino refused to give it to him. — Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 10, 2014
This is just one more example of why the Steelers didn't vote to approve the CBA!!! — James Harrison (@jharrison9292) September 10, 2014
San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle:
As a husband, father and player I'm embarrassed to be associated with the NFL right now! — Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) September 11, 2014
On Monday, TMZ.com released video of Rice striking his then-fiancée, now-wife Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15. Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL later that day. He had previously been suspended by Goodell for two games.
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports the Ravens said they asked the lawyer for the tape, but "he said he didn't have it at that time, but that he had seen it."
On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Rice twice spat in the face of Palmer, which prompted Palmer's reactionary movements that led to Rice's punch.