NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many believed it was a matter of when — not if — someone would leak additional footage of the Ray Rice elevator incident.
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And now it has cost the star running back his job.
Early Monday, TMZ published what it said was video from inside the elevator at the shuttered Revel Casino in Atlantic City, where Rice was arrested on Feb. 15 for a domestic dispute involving his now-wife Janay.
The video shows Rice hitting Janay with a left cross, which knocks her head into the railing before she hits the floor. Rice then drags his apparently unconscious fiancée out of the elevator.
The Baltimore Ravens reacted swiftly Monday, releasing the three-time Pro Bowler. The NFL followed with a statement saying it had suspended Rice indefinitely.
Rice, who hails from New Rochelle in Westchester County and is a former star at Rutgers, was initially suspended two games for the incident, sparking outcry across the country. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the punishment as “consistent with other cases,” but later seemed to backtrack when announcing harsher penalties for domestic violence offenders.
“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 properly reflect our values,” Goodell wrote in a letter to league owners last month. “I didn’t get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”