Back in February video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his then-fiancee, unconscious, out of an Atlantic City hotel elevator. However, until now no one saw the punch that rendered Janay Rice unconscious. The video from the incident has now surfaced.
In the video, Rice hits Janay Rice first, she hits him back and he punches her again which causes her to hit her head on the elevator railing. She then lies unconscious. When the door opens, Ray attempts to drag her out of the elevator until he is stopped by what seems to be a hotel employee.
The couple married a month after the incident.
He apologized for his actions in a press conference.
“It just not right. It’s not right. It shouldn’t be tolerated,” said Ray. “That’s something I stand by, and I have to pay for that.”
He continued, pleading,”You know that’s not me.”
Ray was also suspended from August 30 through Sept. 12, which includes two games. The NFL say they were unaware of the video prior to making their decision. From NBC Sports:
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today,” the league said in its statement.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he “got it wrong” with Ray’s suspension. “I take responsibility for both the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values,” said Goodell. We’ll have to see if he decides to lengthen it.