TMZ: Elevator video shows NFL star Ray Rice punch out girlfriend (GRAPHIC)

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ATLANTIC CIY, N.J. — A new video has surfaced showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in February.

TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her back and she falls to the floor.

Previously, TMZ Sports had released hotel surveillance video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. This is the first time video has been released that shows Rice punching her.

A few months after the incident, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice without pay for the first two games of the regular season and fined him an additional game check for “conduct detrimental to the NFL.” However, no one in the NFL offices, including Goodell, had seen the newly released footage of the incident until Monday, the league told CNN.

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL senior vice president of communications Greg Aiello said. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”

The NFL has previously said that Rice entered a pretrial intervention program in May. Under the program, he won’t be prosecuted, and the charges will be expunged after one year.

In a press conference in July, Rice said his actions were “inexcusable” and that he and his wife are in counseling.

“We’re taking the necessary steps to move forward,” he said. “My job is to lead my family. My job is to lead my wife. My job is to lead in whatever I do. And If I’m not being the example, then my family crumbles.”

Goodell has already been scrutinized for suspending Rice for just two games, months after the first video aired. Many felt the suspension wasn’t enough.

Some NFL fans have questioned why Ravens head coach John Harbaugh would call Rice “one heck of a guy,” and why the Ravens would tweet out “Janay Rice says she deeply regrets the role that she played the night of the incident.”

They have also questioned why Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon would be suspended for a year after testing positive for marijuana when Rice was suspended for just two games.

On August 28, Goodell released a letter to NFL team owners saying the league will institute a six-game unpaid suspension for personnel who violate the league’s personal conduct policy when it relates to domestic violence. A second domestic violence incident would be punished by a lifetime ban from the league.

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  • montanahawkfan

    Are you serious? she married him after the incident? ….there’s going to many more beatings to come. She’s with him because he is a celebrity no doubt and will support him. Where’s your dignity woman??

    • booboo

      I hate this comment, why are you questioning the womans actions/motives, when she clearly did nothing wrong here? Instead of asking where her dignity is…why don’t you ask him where his self control is… if you educated yourself on victims of domestic violence before you commented you would of learned that most, are emotionally dependent on their abuser as they have had contact cut with family and friends. Most abuse victims will defend their abuser beit out of love, hoping things will change or fear of being ridiculed for getting a divorce rather then getting counselling,…there are many reasons why someone would want to stay in a relationship like that. none of which should be used to blame the victim ever! It’s not their fault that they fell in love with someone who has anger issues.

      • polishknight

        Much like the Rodney King video, it’s useful to look at the whole thing.

        The media is reporting this as if Rice threw the first punch. A simple clicking on the video shows that she was arguing with him and hitting him TWICE before he hit back. In the states, violence by women against men is viewed as “cute” and funny.

        In the states, there’s a saying that many violent women hide behind which is to “never hit a lady”, however, real “ladies” don’t hit men and talk like sailors. Act like a lady and be treated like one. Not like a ‘ho.

        And yes, I have sat on juries where such cases came up and I told the judge my opinion and got out of jury duty because of it.

        • booboo

          I understand where you are coming from Polish, I didn’t know that she had hit him beforehand, I only ever saw him spit on her and punch her. So I can only comment on what I’ve seen. I also understand that violence by women is a problem, but this guy is a huge NFL player, a shove or a slap would of been enough, (if he was provoked into it) but the guy knocked her clean out, with one punch. It shows lack of self control and he should learn his own strength before he decides to defend himself against people who are smaller and weaker than him. The punch was way too excessive and there was no need for it whatsoever. A guy in my area was killed a while back when another person just randomly punched him in the head. It could of so easily happened here also.

  • nikki

    oh I hope he gets the help he needs and we don’t see her funeral any time soon…. sad most domestic violent cases don’t change and she won’t leave him nor the fame….

  • fed up

    if you watch the video she starts the physical abuse. starting before they even got on the elevator. No a person should not hit another person but you should not have to take abuse either. you see how I did not say a man should not hit a woman. Because this is backward thinking this gives women the go ahead to abuse men and when he strikes back it’s all his fault. Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it. I bet she never lays a hand on him again.

    • Taylor

      Are you serious? I agree with you on the equality part, but he is an NFL player. A very large, very strong man. Their physical attributes aren’t equal at all. A slight push or hit a woman does to a man DOES NOT make it okay for the man to KNOCK OUT the woman in ONE BLOW.
      That is not okay. This is not excusable. This is not a “he started it, she started it” situation because he knocked her unconscious and then left her after dragging her halfway out of the elevator.

      • fed up

        so where do you draw the line he can only defend himself if he is small and weak. I agree it was a vicious blow and I would never hit a woman because I’m too big but not everyone thinks like me. I just want to see where the people think that it is okay for women to hit men without any fear of getting hit back.and you kinda said well he is big and strong so he should be able to take it . I ask you why should he ? This is a problem in the world women seem to think they can deal with a man and they shouldn’t . we are built different and far more aggressive. when a human fights it’s instinct and most times brutal. Even men know don’t mess with that guy he will take your head off. But women seem to have no fear of repercussion because society has granted them a pass. Word to the wise don’t lay hands on someone if you don’t want to get hurt because you most likely will.

      • Jordan

        Haha what? I dont see your logic at all. Yes, there is a “he started it, she started it”. She can obviously see that he is a huge man that plays pro football, so why did she feel the need to hit him? She was only provoking him. You are making it sound like only smaller men are allowed to hit girls. And a slight push or hit doesnt hurt him, but it WILL make him angry and WILL provoke his violent behavior. He is an NFL player, there is no such thing as “hitting to hard” to him. He does not know his own strength, possibly because the only people he is hitting is other men just as big as him, and just as able to take the hit just like him. “We want gender equality but still think its wrong for a man to hit a woman, even after we slap him multiple times and use language that will only anger him more”.


    You need to looked at that video again he started it when he apparently looks as if he spit on her an that’s when she pushed him away..Ray has lost his mind it is obvious he hate this woman to the core of his heart I wouldn’t be surprise he only married her to shut her up.These young ball players are so stupid with there life once again you let a woman, drugs or stupidity bring you back down. The mind is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Candi

    No intelligent, objective person can draw a meaningful conclusion from this video as it only shows part of what transpired. We do not know what led up to this – perhaps she deserved it? We don’t know.

  • Your Mama

    Women only care about money. This gold digger got knocked the **** out and she still with him. The average Joe would be in jail. Money buys you everything, even love.

  • Charles Bakker

    Let’s forget about what he did for a moment, and think about what wrong TMZ has done. Think the company or security guard did in sold the video to TMZ. That company may have cameras in your room. Everyone worries about the government spying on them, when they are trying to follow what terrorist maybe be up to. Or traitors who give away are secrets. Worry about the BS the press is putting ot there. Rice has done wrong and should not have done what he did.I think the NFL has nothing to do with his personal life. The police didn’t arrest him, I think he need to go to counseling and TMZ, CNN and FOX should not be buying tapes for source’s that this.

  • Jason

    TMZ Ruined these peoples lives. He made a split second mistake. Would we be watching this if he had a different profession? NFL players are paid, they have a job. If their job performance suffers I could see dismissing him. He is very good at his job and should not be let go for something like this. Let the legal system handle it. I could see dismissal if it was more than one instance and she was still pressing charges. I really think they have a law suit, against TMZ for ruining both of their lives.

    • Gypsee

      It wasnt a six second mistake he treated her body like a bag of potatoes after it. He did nothing to help her after he hit her. He’s a low life who doesn’t deserve to have a woman in his life.

  • Nae

    If you look closely when it first stars Janay moves an open hand in a certain way towards Rice but it doesn’t hit him. Forward to the elevator they get in , Both standing towards the buttons, Rice leans in and what looks like either spits on her or whispers something in her ear that makes her attempt to swat him away, he backs up she comes after , then he wams her hard in the head , she hits the side of the elevator. For those of you trying to blame her and say she deserved it , one , shame on you , two, that Rice is a big man built to take and give hundreds of pounds worth of damage , he should have known his own strength moved back or at least held her arms to try to stop her instead of hitting her and carrying her out like a rag doll . He has a lot of strength, if he cared about her he would have carried her out of the elevator not dragged her across the floor and dumped her. There is definetly abuse in this relationship. I feel bad that Janay is in the position she’s in , denial , and fear. They both need pshychiatric help.

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