Digital tabloid TMZ obtained the whole elevator surveillance video that shows Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then-girlfriend-now-wife out with a vicious punch. You can see it at Deadspin if you want to watch it; I’m not posting it.
Prior to the TMZ sleazoids getting ahold of the whole thing, video had surfaced of Rice dragging the unconscious Ms. Rice out of the elevator like a sack of potatoes. Both were charged with domestic violence in the incident, and the NFL originally suspended Rice for two games.
When people complained about the light punishment (players who test positive for weed routinely get much longer suspensions), NFL Commissioner Goodell admitted he fucked up by giving Rice a slap on the wrist, but just how big a cock-up that was is now illustrated for all the world to see with this video, which the NFL and Ravens officials allegedly saw before setting a two-game suspension.
There’s some controversy around that: It’s not 100% clear what Goodell and the team saw. If they didn’t see the whole thing, the TMZ video is a good reason to revisit Rice’s punishment, isn’t it? If they did see it, well, our initial suspicions about how seriously they take domestic violence in the league have been borne out yet again.
What do y’all think?
UPDATE: The Ravens cut Rice.