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For decades, videotape has been the NFL’s friend. It’s the medium that has captured the league’s on field highlights and helped make it the most popular sport in America.
Now, though, it has revealed a league lowlight and inspired revulsion among many fans.
Monday, the website TMZ posted security camera video taken last February of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then fiance (now wife) Janay Palmer in an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City. It graphically showed in full what the world already
fake ray bans had seen only parts of: Rice struck Palmer in the head, knocking her unconscious. He then dragged her partially outside the elevator door, leaving her face down on the floor, until hotel security arrived and she regained consciousness.
For those actions, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in July suspended Rice for . two games. That was far less than the punishment the league metes out to players who are caught using performance enhancing drugs, which can be up to a season long suspension.
Goodell was widely criticized at the time for his decision, and rightly so. He later publicly acknowledged that he "didn’t get it right." The league has since instituted new policies for domestic violence in which any NFL employee, including nonplayers, will be suspended six games for a first offense and will receive a lifetime ban for a second offense.
However, the release Monday of the full video makes Goodell’s initial blunder look even more egregious.
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Previously, the public had seen only what happened outside the elevator, with Palmer already unconscious. There were reports then that the league had seen the video from inside the elevator and that it showed Palmer acting violently toward Rice that being the reason why the player received only a
fake ray bans two game suspension. That idea was bolstered by Palmer’s public apology for the "role (she) played in the incident that night."
Not only does the new TMZ video debunk that (if it were even defensible in the first place), but now the NFL is saying that it didn’t view the entire video before suspending Rice. A league spokesman said Monday that the NFL had requested from law enforcement "all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," but that the video had not been made available and officials had not seen it until Monday.
That inconsistency raises troubling issues:
If the NFL did see the full video months ago and somehow found it exculpatory, that makes the mild two game suspension even more outrageous.
If the NFL didn’t see it until Monday, why were reporters being told off the record in July
cheap ray bans that officials with the Ravens and the league had viewed it?
Monday afternoon, the Ravens released Rice,
cheap ray bans and the NFL announced it had suspended him indefinitely. Those are appropriate, although belated, actions. But it speaks ill of the Ravens and the NFL that if it weren’t for the TMZ video, Rice would be preparing to play Sept. 21.Articles Connexes：