NFL's Ravens cut Ray Rice after new domestic violence video

Mon Sep 8, 2014 10:18pm EDT
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By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - The Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice on Monday after a video surfaced showing the three-time Pro Bowl running back punching his then-fiancee during an argument earlier this year.

A previously released video showed Rice dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer from an elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino, but the new one was taken from inside the elevator.

The video, published on the website TMZ, showed Rice punching Palmer, who is now Rice's wife, and her falling face down on the elevator floor. She appeared to smack her head on the elevator railing before slumping to the ground.

"The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," the team said in a one-sentence statement.

A short time later, the National Football League also took action against Rice, who was entering his seventh NFL season.

"Commissioner Roger Goodell has announced that based on the new video evidence that became available today he has imposed an indefinite suspension on Ray Rice," the league said in a statement.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke to reporters later on Monday, saying he had not previously seen the video.

"It’s something we saw for the first time today, you know, all of us. And it changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different," Harbaugh said.   Continued...

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) warms up during the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII football practice in New Orleans, Louisiana January 30, 2013.  REUTERS/Sean Gardner