The NFL sent a memo to every team owner and president on Friday, denying that the league received a video showing Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée in a casino elevator, according to the Baltimore Sun.
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official said the video was sent to the attention of NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller in April.
Miller responded by saying he "unequivocally" denies getting a copy of the video and "had not watched it until it was made public on Sept. 8."
The official who sent the tape does not know if Miller saw the DVD, and only knows of a 12-second voicemail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package. In the voicemail, a woman says, 'You're right. It's terrible.'"
From the NFL memo:
"Our office has found absolutely no evidence to support the claim of the anonymous ‘law enforcement source’ that he sent a video to the NFL office or that he received a telephone call to his ‘disposable cell phone’ from an unidentified female using an NFL line."
Ex-FBI director Robert Mueller III is leading an independent investigation into the league's handling of the Ray Rice assault case, and on Wednesday the NFLPA announced it is launching its own investigation into the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens.
- Molly Geary