In a shocking revelation, TMZ Sports reports today: “The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee … TMZ Sports has learned. Commissioner Roger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question … Is that the way he wanted it?”
The story adds: “Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports … NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator … video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired … if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied. Former employees have told us someone with an affiliation to the NFL saw the video, but we are now certain that someone was not from Goodell’s office or the core NFL executives.”
The TMZ story concludes: “So the question … does the NFL have incompetent investigators, or was it just easier to protect a player and turn a blind eye to video that would have forced Goodell’s hand? Both scenarios are pretty disgusting.”
Furthermore, a Los Angeles Times story on the subject reports: “In a news conference late Monday, Ravens Coach John Harbaugh said he didn’t know when the NFL saw the second video.
“When a reporter voiced skepticism about why Ravens officials hadn’t seen it earlier, Harbaugh said: ‘I don’t know why that would be a hard thing to understand. It wasn’t made available. It wasn’t there for us. It wasn’t something we ever saw, ever had access to.”