The National Football League never asked an Atlantic City casino to see elevator security video, which contained footage of former Baltimore Ravens running Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, in February, according to a report from TMZ.com.
In response, the NFL said in a statement that it did not see the video from Revel Hotel and Casino until TMZ published it earlier Monday, and the league reiterated that it had asked authorities for elevator footage.
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“Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police,” the NFL said in its statement. “Any videos related to an ongoing criminal investigation are held in the custody of the state police. As we said yesterday: We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. The video was not made available to us.”
The release of the video prompted the Ravens to terminate Rice’s contract immediately. The NFL, which originally suspended Rice for two games, also suspended him indefinitely.
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