National Football League security chief Jeffrey Miller denied Thursday evening that he saw the video of Ray Rice knocking out fiancée Janay Palmer, even though the package it was sent in was allegedly directly addressed to him, according to an Associated Press report. The NFL definitely received the video, a source told the AP, with a woman reportedly saying, “You’re right, it’s terrible.”
The NFL has maintained that no one saw the second video from February, where Rice strikes Palmer in the face, until TMZ Sports leaked it at the beginning of September, but an unnamed league source told the AP a different story.
"Since the NFLPA [players union] and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens' handling of Ray Rice's case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video," an anonymous official said.
"I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he's their head of security. I attached a note saying: 'Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It's terrible.' I provided a number for a disposable cell phone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands."
Despite the claim that there was a note specifically addressed to Miller, he maintained he never saw the video until it was leaked. "I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on Sept. 8," he told the AP.
Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen Bisciotti recently apologized for not demanding to see the graphic video. "There is no excuse for me to have not demanded that video except I wasn't concerned or interested enough to demand it, never crossed my mind," Bisciotti, 54, said. "I'm sorry for that, deeply sorry for that."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come under fire for the way he handled the incident and also released an apology. "I got it wrong on a number of levels, from the process that I led to the decision I reached. But now I will get it right and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that," said Goodell in a press conference last week. He has refused to resign.
Rice was originally suspended for two games. But after the second video was leaked, the team suspended him indefinitely from the NFL. The Ravens and League officials originally said they asked law enforcement for the video and were denied.
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