The NFL’s claim that no one associated with the league office saw the video of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator before TMZ released it on Monday appeared to take a serious hit on Wednesday afternoon when the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official sent a copy of the video to the league well before they handed down Rice’s initial suspension.
That law enforcement official went on to play a voicemail that came from a number in the NFL office confirming its receipt and that the contents were “terrible.” The league quickly issued a statement in response reiterating the stance that Commissioner Roger Goodell took in multiple interviews.
“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”
There is sure to be more to come about a story that appears to be getting worse and worse for Goodell and the NFL.