New Ray Rice video diminishes the integrity of the Ravens and NFL

September 08, 2014|By Mike Preston | The Baltimore Sun

The Ravens and the NFL now have an integrity issue.

The latest video showing Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator was released this morning and it raises a lot of questions about how the league could only suspend him for two games and why the team didn't do more.

An NFL spokesman said that the league office had not seen the latest video until Monday morning.

But I believe both the Ravens and NFL commissioner saw this video of Rice. They can say otherwise, but both organizations like to have control.

And now you wonder how commissioner Roger Goodell could make such a poor decision with just a two game suspension.

I think Goodell knew the video was about to come out, which prompted him to increase the suspension of players involved in domestic abuse to six games for a first time offender. 

"We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator," league spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday. "That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."

The video shows Rice hitting Palmer twice, the second blow knocking his now-wife unconscious. Unbelievable.

Goodell needs to come out today with some answers. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome need to address the issue, too. Even though the league didn't give out a harsh penalty, the Ravens could have come up with one of their own. Instead, they did absolutely nothing. They even supported Rice.

This won't go away soon. From now on, I don't want to hear any more about the Ravens challenging anyone's integrity or the NFL talking about high standards. After seeing the latest tape and then reviewing the light punishment from the league I find all of this shocking, and at the same time, embarrassing.

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