The NFL might not have been able to obtain a copy of the Ray Rice punching his wife in the face video, but the Associated Press did.
And the copy they saw shows more of the startling confrontation between the former Ravens running back and his then-fiancee Janay Palmer.
The extended video included audio, and Rice and Palmer could be heard shouting obscenities at each other. She appeared to have spit at him before he knocked her unconscious with a straight left.
The video was shown to the AP Monday night on the condition of anonymity “because the official isn’t authorized to release it.”
(Note to NFL Security: Try this method in the future.)
The extended video showed Rice dragging Palmer out of the hotel, and staff members at the now-closed casino saying “She’s drunk, right?” and then, “No cops.” Rice didn’t respond at that point.
While any more footage won’t change the visceral reactions to the initial viewings of punch, the fact it’s available to news organizations is an interesting idea.