Ray Rice & Janay Parker-Rice with their daughter
If there is dirt, TMZ will find it.
If your in an office building, retail store, or hotel, your being filmed or being watched. February 14 ,2014 TMZ obtained pictures taken at Revel’s Casino in Atlantic City where Rice was seen dragging fiancee Janay Parker out of the elevator after knocking her out.
The Baltimore Ravens issued a statement following TMZ’s release of the pictures, calling Rice’s domestic violence arrest a “serious matter”. Rice’s punishment was a two game suspension. For many, the punishment was too lenient and spurred a national debate as to how the NFL viewed Domestic Violence.
On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault. , with a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000. On March 28,2014 Ray Rice married Janay Parker
September 8, 2014 Ray Rice’s Relationship with Professional Football Changes
After the release of this Revel’s Elevator footage obtained by TMZ . The Baltimore Ravens cut Ray Rice and the NFL imposed and indefinite suspension. In addition to the NFL suspension, Mark Cohon commissioner of the Canadian Football League said Rice couldn’t be added to any negotiation list and would not be allowed to sign with any club as a free agent.
The actions by the NFL has generated many questions, first and foremost why wasn’t there a formal investigation and why didn’t they ask for the video?
The NFL says:“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,”
TMZ says: The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee
Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports … NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator. Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us … if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied.
After the original two-game ban, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire for the light sentence. He wrote a mea culpa letter to NFL owners, saying, “I didn’t get it right.” He added: “My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future reflect our values.” The league subsequently implemented a new policy on domestic violence with a six-game ban for a first infraction and a lifetime ban for a second offense.
The question become, did the league choose to shield the talent of Ray Rice ? Its not unheard up. The NBA reportedly ignored the gambling rumors surrounding its greatest star Michael Jordan until they were forced to look. The NBA ,was also aware of the views of Donald Sterling.
Kurt Badenhausen of Forbes writes: Players pop up on police blotters for assault, marijuana possession, DUI and everything else under the sun (check this database of NFL player crimes). Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Le’Veon Bell, recently lamented: “I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high.” Through it all, the NFL reinvents itself every year and produces record TV ratings and sky-high franchise values. The average NFL franchise is worth $1.43 billion with the Dallas Cowboys on top at $3.2 billion.
The issue is less about Ray Rice who could return (as Micheal Vick did) to both leagues after the dust settles, and more about the integrity of the National Football League.