You have by now heard about former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice being kicked off the team and suspended by the NFL for punching his wife and being caught doing so on video. Well, the story is about to kick-on to even uglier depths. Naturally the only real story here is the violence perpetrated against a woman by a highly tuned athlete. With all due respect to that fact, things are however about to turn really nasty.
Key to the NFL’s pathetically slow decision to suspend Rice was their suspicious claim that no one in the NFL has seen the offending punches. Well, you guessed it, the breaking news tonight is that the NFL was indeed handed the tapes and they were handed them by the police.
A law enforcement officer has told the Associated Press that he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his wife (then-fiance) to an NFL executive five months ago. The officer played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice in the NFL office says thanks and then: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”
Incredibly the NFL would appear to be sticking its fingers in its ears and shouting ‘na-na-na-na-na’ as a form of defence;
“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”
You better look into it.
This story just got new legs, and do not bet against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell losing his job as fallout of this nasty affair.