For wife-beating Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, it’s out of the frying pan and back into the frying pan. Rice, who initially received a slap on the wrist in September after an incendiary video of him physically abusing his wife went viral, later received a revised punishment more befitting of the crime: He was suspended from the league indefinitely and cut by the Ravens. Then NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, bowing again to pressure, reversed his ruling on appeal and reinstated Rice.
Now ABC News has obtained a new third video that reportedly “shows the ugly aftermath of the assault earlier this year when Ray Rice punched his now-wife in an Atlantic City casino and knocked her unconscious.”
The nearly 45 minutes of never-before-seen footage shows a clearly distraught Janay Palmer, Rice’s then-fiancee and now wife, unwilling to talk to him after the NFL star had punched her inside an elevator on Feb. 15 at the now-closed Revel casino.
The video then shows Palmer going through something of an emotional evolution in the middle of the night. Almost immediately after the assault, she appears angry. Soon after, Palmer begins to cry. And by the time she and Rice are both escorted into an elevator — handcuffed — she appears to kiss and nuzzle the one-time NFL star.
The video follows, and while the ABC description is not inaccurate, there is little in it that should surprise anyone. It probably wouldn’t have received the headline attention it has commanded had Rice not tried legally to block its release as CBS notes.
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