Update 10:19 AM: League reps say that they did not see footage of Ray punching Janay until today, TMZ Sports reports.
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,” said a NFL spokesperson.
Back in February, we told you about Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, who was arrested after he was discovered by a hotel employee dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The discovery came after the troubled couple had a fight, which resulted in Ray knocking Janay out cold. Both parties were arrested. Just days after the incident, footage of Ray dragging an unresponsive Janay out of the elevator leaked to the Internet, leaving many of us shuddering at the thought of what had actually occurred inside of the elevator.
The casino where the incident occurred recently shut down and unsurprisingly, footage of the actual elevator assault was sent to TMZ Sports. The video opens with Ray and Janay exchanging words in the hotel lobby and then getting into the elevator together. Once inside, the two exchange words. Then, Ray delivers two punches to Janay’s face, with the second one causing her to fall and hit her head on the way down. The video also captured Ray dragging Janay once the elevator cars stops on their floor. The entire thing is extremely disturbing.
One hotel employee who says he was working the night of the altercation revealed that NFL officials actually saw the elevator footage before they imposed the extremely light 2-game suspension on Ray. So far, the league has not offered comment on the leaked footage, but some are already pressuring them to ban the 27-year-old from the NFL for life. As you may recall, Ray and Janay married shortly after the incident. He was also able to avoid serving time behind bars after being accepted into a pretrial intervention program.
Footage of the attack can be found on the next page.