Ray Rice

Ray Rice

Another elevator drama that has had social media and the world at large buzzing is a video footage of graphic domestic violence leaked by TMZ involving 27-year-old Ray Rice, professional American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens, and his wife Janay Palmer.

TMZ released disturbing new footage of Ray Rice punching his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, sparking a new round of outrage over the league’s decision to suspend him for just two games.  In the video, Ray Rice is seen to strike his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in the face on 15 February this year. Palmer retaliates, before Rice hits her a second time in the face, knocking her unconscious. Ray Rice then drags her limp body out of the elevator, which is where the previously released footage picks up.

Even though the attack is something that was revealed earlier in the year, with NFL suspending Ray Rice for two games, this new footage, however, shows the public just how brutal the attack was — and just how insufficient Rice’s penalty was. Rice was handed a two-match ban for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the suspension on 24 July.

Ray Rice issued a statement on 24 July regarding the incident following the announcement of his ban. Released on the Ravens’ website, Rice said: “It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault. As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counselling has helped tremendously.”

It seems a lot more backlash will emerge as a result of this new video leaked by TMZ as it is quite obvious that the attack was more serious than was let on by the NFL.

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