NFL was sent Ray Rice tape in April and employee watched it

Roger Goodell

The NFL has been caught lying by a law enforcement source, and the latest development will likely be enough to cost Commissioner Roger Goodell his job.

The Associated Press confirmed that a law enforcement source sent video of Ray Rice punching his wife inside an elevator to the NFL in April. This conflicts with the league’s insistence that the video was not made available to them and that nobody in the league office had seen it.

The AP says the source sent the league the video because he wanted them to have it before deciding on Ray Rice’s punishment. The AP reports the source played them a 12-second voicemail indicating a female at the league’s office received the video and watched it.

“You’re right. It’s terrible,” the female voice says in the voicemail, according to the AP.

In an interview with CBS News, Goodell said they asked law enforcement for the video but never received it.

“We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell said.

Goodell also insisted that to his knowledge, nobody in the league office had seen the video. He obviously was wrong.

Here is the NFL’s response to the report.

“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”

We have been saying all along that the NFL was lying about whether they had seen the video. We told you there was mounting evidence pointing to an NFL cover-up. We told you Roger Goodell was lying in his interview with CBS News. We were right.

Let this be another lesson that the cover-up is always worse than the crime.

Wife beater Floyd Mayweather wanted light punishment for Ray Rice

Floyd Mayweather honey coffeeRay Rice has found very little support over the past few days in the wake of the video that was released showing him punching his now-wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious. You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Floyd Mayweather Jr. is one of the few people who decided to show sympathy for the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

On Tuesday, Mayweather said he believes the NFL should have stuck to its original decision to suspend Rice for two games.

“They had said that they had suspended him for two games,” Mayweather said, via MLive.com’s David Mayo. “Whether they saw the tape or not, I truly believe a person should stick to their word. If you tell me you’re going to do something, do what you say you’re going to do. But once again, I’m not in the NFL, so I can’t really speak on the situation.”

He’s not the first person to make that argument, as some feel the NFL has shown a great deal of hypocrisy by knowing what was on the tape and acting outraged now that the public has seen the footage. The next point Mayweather made was pathetic.

“I think there’s a lot worse things that go on in other people’s households, also,” he said. “It’s just not caught on video.”

In other words, Rice’s punishment should have been lighter because it’s not his fault he just happened to be caught on video. Plenty of people get away with it, so Rice was just plain unlucky, right?

Mayweather also wishes “nothing but the best” for Rice and his wife and expressed sympathy over what Rice has to go through. Floyd said he would be crushed if someone told him he couldn’t box, so he understands how Rice must be feeling.

You know what the other reason is that Mayweather can relate to Rice? The boxing champ has been convicted of domestic assault twice and had to spend more than two months in jail for it back in 2012. His ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson also recently accused Mayweather of threatening her with a gun and assaulting her multiple times. It’s no surprise he understands where Rice is coming from.

Ray Rice removed from Madden, dropped by Nike

Ray Rice RavensThe world as Ray Rice once knew it is crumbling. Over the past 24 hours, Rice has been released by the Baltimore Ravens, suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and seen a number of companies cut ties with him. On Tuesday, EA Sports announced that Rice will be removed from Madden NFL 15 later this week. His endorsement deal with Nike has also been terminated.

Remember, we all knew Rice was guilty of domestic violence before TMZ released footage of him knocking his wife unconscious on Monday. Apparently the Ravens, NFL, Nike, EA Sports and several others were willing to continue their relationship with Rice until they saw — or the public saw — him actually throwing a punch.

In addition to the aforementioned business moves, the Ravens have also announced that they will offer an exchange for Rice jerseys at their stadium Pro Shops. The New England Patriots did the same thing after Aaron Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder. Dick’s Sporting Goods store in the Baltimore area have also been asked to clear Rice jerseys from their shelves.

Again, a video has suddenly changed everything. How did all of these people think Palmer ended up unconscious with Rice dragging her out of an elevator when the original video was released? I guess seeing really is believing.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin says NFL turned blind eye to Ray Rice video

Ray Rice RavensTMZ boss Harvey Levin did a number of interviews Monday to capitalize on the publicity his company received for releasing video of Ray Rice punching out wife Janay Palmer in an elevator back in February.

In at least one interview, Levin said he believes the NFL chose to look the other way regarding the video (see it here).

There have been conflicting reports about whether the NFL has seen the video the public got to see on Monday. The league denies that they did. But TMZ is charging them with turning a blind eye to the video. They say they will have more evidence of this on Tuesday (yes, TMZ loves attention too).

Keep this in mind: Back on Feb. 21, we told you police had video of Rice knocking out Palmer. The police and prosecutors had it and the league knew it existed. TMZ obtained it and released it this week.

Despite knowledge of what was being alleged regarding Rice and Palmer, the NFL still only decided to suspend Rice for two games. Commissioner Roger Goodell even said two weeks ago that he got it wrong with the punishment and that the league would increase the penalty for domestic violence.

It’s pretty obvious that the league and authorities wanted to bury this incident and hope it would go away. Rather than crusade to obtain the video, their investigation included interviewing Rice and Palmer … together! They clearly don’t understand that victims might fear telling the truth when their abuser is present.

The NFL dealt with a ton of negative publicity for the lenient punishment given to Rice. Now they’re facing charges of running a cover-up. Don’t be surprised if Roger Goodell loses his job over this. It’s been a colossal mess by the NFL.

Ray Rice knocked wife Janay Palmer out with punch (Video)

Ray Rice fiancee elevatorThe original video we saw of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious then-fiancee Janay Palmer out of a casino elevator over the winter left plenty of questions unanswered. While witnesses said they saw Rice and Palmer fighting, Rice’s attorney urged the public to wait for the entire story and all of the footage before passing judgment. We now have the entire elevator video, and it is worse than many expected.

Surveillance footage obtained by TMZ shows Rice striking Palmer in the face multiple times with his left hand and landing a knockout blow. This is obviously the video police reportedly had in their possession shortly after both Rice and Palmer were arrested for domestic assault.

[Related: NFL says it did not see Ray Rice elevator video before the public]

The video also shows that Rice and Palmer were arguing and got physical with one another before getting on the elevator. Palmer came storming over to Rice, who appeared to yell something in her face, and then swatted him in the head with her left hand.

Regardless of who started the argument, the punch Rice threw is sickening. Even if Palmer was the aggressor initially, he could have easily defended himself without knocking her out.

[Related: Ray Rice gets standing ovation from Ravens fans after returning to team]

TMZ also reports that the NFL saw the footage of Rice knocking Palmer out before settling on just a two-game suspension for the Baltimore Ravens star. The league must have known the video would get out, which probably explains why Roger Goodell admitted he made a mistake and has since amended the NFL’s policy on domestic violence.

Rice and Palmer got married a day after the incident took place.

Arkansas State gives us the Clark Griswold jersey combination

Clark Griswold Arkansas State

Arkansas State may have lost 34-19 to Tennessee on Saturday, but they won the hearts of the people with an incredible jersey combination.

When sophomore offensive lineman Jemar Clark and junior tight end Darion Griswold were out on the field at the same exact time and seen standing next to each other, it gave us one of the more priceless jersey backs ever: Clark Griswold.

Now we just need someone from their team with the last name of “W” to go in between.

Those dudes should petition the school to change their nickname to the Marty Mooses or Pigs in the Poke just for one game. Do it. DOOOOO IT!

Clark Griswold Vacation

I bet Arkansas State’s offense has no visible lines. They probably eat real tomato ketchup. Nothing but the best!

Best combo since Dingle Berry?

My favorite combination is still this dirty one.

Photo via Twitter/DixieFriedSport

Ron Washington resigns citing ‘off-the-field personal matter’

Ron WashingtonRon Washington resigned as manager of the Texas Rangers on Friday, citing an “off-the-field personal matter” as the reason he has chosen to leave the team. The 62-year-old said in a statement that his decision had nothing to do with the Rangers’ poor performance this season.

“Today, I have submitted my resignation from the job I love — managing the Rangers — in order to devote my full attention to addressing an off-the-field personal matter,” Washington said, via MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. “As painful as it is, stepping away from the game is what’s best for me and my family.

“This is in no way related to the disappointing performance of the team this season. We were already discussing 2015 and looking forward to getting the Rangers back to postseason contention.”

Washington has managed the Rangers since 2007. He became the first manager in franchise history to win a playoff series back in 2010 and later took the team to its first World Series. The Rangers lost that year and returned to the World Series again in 2011, once again coming up short.

“I deeply regret that I’ve let down the Rangers organization and our great fans,” Washington continued. “Over the past eight seasons, it’s been a privilege to be part of some of the best years in club history and I will always be grateful for the opportunities I’ve had here, and for the great management, players, and coaches who have made our time here a success. Thank you for respecting my privacy.”

Washington was firmly on the hot seat this season. The Rangers are 53-87 and have been a major disappointment. Tim Bogar will serve as interim manager for the remainder of the season.