Video Surfaces of Ray Rice’s Domestic Violence Incident

In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference, Friday, May 23, in Owings Mills, Md. Rice’s two-game suspension for domestic violence begins Saturday, a punishment handed down after grainy video showed him dragging his then-fiancee off a casino elevator unconscious Feb. 15. He has not divulged what happened in the elevator except to call his actions "totally inexcusable'' at a news conference after his suspension was announced. His assault charges could be expunged once he completes a diversion program. So the NFL gave him the only punishment he likely faces in a suspension and a fine that totals more than $500,000. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Janay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Janay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY

 

BALTIMORE (USA Today) —A disturbing video capturing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer inside an elevator in Atlantic City in March was released by TMZ early Monday morning, adding context to the domestic violence incident that resulted in a two-game suspension for the Baltimore Ravens running back.

It also set off a new round of criticism aimed at the NFL for its light discipline of Rice – which commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he regretted, fueling a tougher domestic violence policy.

The video shows Rice knocking Palmer – who is now his wife — to the floor with a left-handed punch. Her head struck a side railing as she fell to the floor. The video also shows Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the elevator and dropping her limp body on the floor.

The NFL said a statement that it did not have access to the video during its investigation of Rice.

 

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