NFL denies receiving Ray Rice video in memo to owners, team presidents

NFL assures teams that security chief Jeffrey Miller didn't receive tape in April

September 26, 2014|By Aaron Wilson | The Baltimore Sun

The NFL sent a memo to every owner and team president today denying a report that it had received a video in April of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee inside a casino elevator.

The Associated Press report Thursday night said a video of the February incident was sent by an anonymous law enforcement official to NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller. Rice's $35 million contract was terminated by the Ravens when a video of the punch surfaced on TMZ on Sept. 8.

The NFL issued the following denial to owners and team presidents in this memo obtained by The Baltimore Sun:

"Our office has found absolutely no evidence to support the claim of the anonymous ‘law enforcement source’ that he sent a video to the NFL office or that he received a telephone call to his ‘disposable cell phone’ from an unidentified female using an NFL line."

"NFL Senior Vice President of Security Jeffrey Miller issued the following statement last night: I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8."

"As Commissioner Goodell announced on September 11, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and his team are conducting an independent investigation into the NFL’s pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice matter. We are awaiting the results of that investigation."

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