Former NFL Baltimore Ravens Running back Ray Rice has taken a lot of heat from his recent domestic violent dispute with then-fiancee Janay in April. As a result, Rice was suspended for two games.
After the incident, Ray Rice and the victim, Janay, got married a month later.
But here’s where it got complicated.
According to TMZ Sports, footage of the actual incident that night was revealed:
We’ve already shown you the aftermath outside the elevator … Rice dragging the unconscious woman on the floor. But we’ve now obtained video of the punch that put her down, raising the question … What was the NFL thinking when it wrist-slapped Rice with such feeble punishment?
The incident took place Feb. 15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City — after Ray and then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer got into a heated argument on their way into the elevator. Inside the elevator it’s apparent he strikes first … she hits back … and then Rice delivers the knockout blow. The punch knocks Janay off her feet — and she smashes her head on the elevator hand rail … knocking her out cold. Ray doesn’t seem fazed … and when the door opens, he drags her out into the hotel.
An employee of the hotel — which just shut down for good — tells TMZ Sports he was working there at the time and says the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the 2-game suspension.
Recently, The NFL passed its domestic violence policy where a NFL employee will have a six-game unpaid ban if he violate it. Then, if a second incident occurs he would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league.
Both parties Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Rice, has spoken out to the media about the matter.
During a phone interview with ESPN Ray Rice stated:
“I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong. We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us, and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for [Janay] and my family and right now work through this.”
Yet, I have a feeling that this controversy is far from over.