The Ray Rice video that showed the former Ravens running back punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator was sent to the NFL, attention security chief Jeffrey Miller, in April, a law enforcement official told Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press on Thursday.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said at his press conference on Friday that nobody at NFL headquarters had seen the video until is was released by TMZ Sports earlier this month.
Miller, who is in London for Sunday's Raiders-Dolphins game, said he "unequivocally" denies getting a copy of the video and "had not watched it until it was made public on Sept. 8," according to CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release details of the case, according to the AP. He also isn't aware if Miller ever saw the DVD or opened the package and, writes Maaddi, "... His only communication with the NFL was a 12-second voicemail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package, in which a woman says about the video, 'You're right. It's terrible.'"
Adds Maadi: "The official told the AP two weeks ago that he sent the video to the NFL, but asked the AP not to report that he had addressed the package to Miller. He eliminated that restriction Thursday."
- Chris Mascaro