Roger Goodell, commissioner of the NFL, says that he never saw the video footage of Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens running back, knocking out his then-fiancée, Janay, prior to it going public being released by TMZ.
Rice was arrested for domestic violence when the incident took place in February at an Atlantic City casino. In July the footage of Rice dragging an unconscious Janay out of the elevator surfaced. A couple days later after that, the NFL suspended Rice for two games of the 2014-15 NFL season.
It then wasn’t until this past Monday (Sept. 8), that the footage of Rice actually throwing the punch that knocked Janay out was released to the public.
So what’s the controversy?
Well, a law enforcement official says that he delivered the video to the NFL and has a 12-second voicemail dating back to April 9 from an NFL office number with a female voice saying,“You’re right. It’s terrible.” to prove it.
The official says he had no right to give the NFL the video but he wanted Goodell to see it before rendering Rice’s punishment. Confirming that somebody in the NFL office received the video. However, there is no proof that anyone in the NFL watched the tape.
Did Goodell see the video? If somebody saw the video, did they hide it from Goodell? I guess we will wait and see how the rest of the investigation unfolds…