Roger Goodell has denied knowledge of the Ray Rice assault video until TMZ broke the tape on Monday. However, according to the Bleacher Report on Sept. 10, that denial may not be accurate. So what did Goodell know about that tape and when did he know it?
The Associated Press is reporting that the NFL received the tape in April, not this past Monday. An unnamed law enforcement officer is claiming he sent a video of the punching incident involving Ray Rice and then fiancée/now wife Janay to an NFL executive three months ago. Was it Goodell? That’s unknown at this point.
Reportedly, this person played a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office phone number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. An unidentified female voice says thank you and, “You’re right. It’s terrible.” Does that constitute constructive receipt? It sounds like actual receipt.
And to make an already bad story worse, ABC News is now reporting that the Ravens were also aware of the video before the TMZ release. Supposedly, the Ravens knew what happened right from the get-go and Rice’s lawyer had a copy of the tape. They didn’t ask to see it.
This is beginning to look like a classic case of where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Who knew what and when? It’s going to take a lot of sorting out to get to the truth.
The nation was made aware of the domestic violence incident four days after it happened. TMZ released a video of the incident from hotel security on Feb. 19, showing Ray and Janay Rice (then Janay Parker) having an altercation and Rice dragging her out of the elevator. The incident took place at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice’s lawyer was the only one who apparently asked for the full tape. Nobody else wanted to see it. The Revel duly handed it over to the attorney, according to an ABC News source.
The Baltimore Ravens claim to have asked for the tape and were told they couldn’t have it because they weren’t directly involved and they weren’t law enforcement. However, the Revel claims to have told the Ravens that Rice’s lawyer had the whole thing and they should ask him. Instead, the Ravens went to the NFL for a copy of the tape and were refused.
ESPN spoke with security staff at the hotel just after the incident occurred. They claim there were no marks on Janay Rice’s face or head, but that it was hard to tell as her hair was covering much of her face. There was no blood found in the elevator or on the railing that she appeared to have hit her head on. Ray Rice said at the time, “She’s intoxicated. She drank too much. I’m just trying to get her to the room.”
However, according to another staffer who spoke to “Outside the Lines,” “When she regained consciousness she said, ‘How could you do this to me? I’m the mother of your kid.'” The staffer said Rice dialed somebody on his cell phone and said, “I’m getting arrested tonight.” Police arrived 15 minutes later.
As of Wednesday, Sept. 10, Roger Goodell is still denying that he was aware of the tape before Monday. The National Organization for Women is calling for Goodell’s resignation. Should these allegations all prove true, they won’t be the only ones.