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Janay Palmer blames media, not Ray Rice, for pain and suffering

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When you see the video of Ray Rice hitting his wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious, it becomes very difficult to understand why she has been so supportive of him throughout the entire ordeal. Palmer was reportedly part of the reason Roger Goodell only suspended Rice for two games initially, as she pleaded with the NFL commissioner for a light punishment. On Tuesday morning, Palmer went on the offensive against the media.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote on Instagram, as transcribed by Deadspin. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

While many will admire the love that Palmer and Rice seem to have for one another, the way she has defended him almost makes you cringe. An argument is one thing. Heck, even if Rice shoved Palmer off of him to defend himself, the situation would be a bit different. The fact that he hit her and knocked her out and then dragged her out of the elevator like it was nothing is truly disturbing. Palmer shouldn’t be blaming the media for Rice losing his job.

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NFL reportedly never asked to see Ray Rice video

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After TMZ released footage showing Ray Rice hitting his wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious back in February, TMZ founder Harvey Levin said in an interview that there is evidence Roger Goodell and the NFL turned a blind eye to the video (see it here). On Tuesday morning, TMZ reported that the NFL never contacted the casino where the incident took place to ask for footage.

According to the new report, multiple sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City claim no one from the NFL ever asked to see the tape. If they had, the hotel would have gladly provided it. The casino was reportedly very cooperative and made a copy of the video for police and another for Rice’s lawyer.

The NFL says it requested “any and all information” from law enforcement regarding the incident and that the tape was never given to them because it was a pending case. However, NFL officials clearly didn’t conduct a thorough investigation if they didn’t even ask the hotel to see surveillance footage.

As LB already mentioned, it would be a joke to think the NFL didn’t have the means to obtain the video. Multiple reporters stated previously that the NFL had access to the video and/or were told in detail exactly what was on it. Either the NFL saw the video and hoped no one else ever would, which would give Rice ground for legal action, or they made hardly any effort to obtain it because they didn’t want to know.

The NFL released another statement on Tuesday reiterating that the video was not made available to the league by the police.

“Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police,” the statement read. “Any videos related to an ongoing criminal investigation are held in the custody of the state police. As we said yesterday: We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us.”

New Jersey State Police responded by saying they never had the footage and that Atlantic City Police handles incidents that take place off the casino floor. In other words, we’re all pointing fingers.

NFL cover-up? Reporters say league saw or had access to Ray Rice video

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The NFL is caught up in one of its biggest scandals in recent memory because it looks like there is a big cover-up regarding their handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

In July, the NFL suspended Rice two games. Commissioner Roger Goodell cited Rice’s character and previously clean record as reasons for the light punishment. After being met with fan and media outrage, the league later amended its punishment policy on domestic violence. Commissioner Goodell did even more damage control, saying two weeks ago that the league got it wrong with the original Rice suspension.

But the cover-up portion of the story occurred on Monday, when in response to TMZ releasing video of Ray Rice actually knocking out Janay Palmer inside the elevator, the NFL and Ravens said they hadn’t previously seen the video.

“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”

The idea that the video was not made available to the league goes against what many prominent and trusted NFL reporters said over the past few months. As powerful as the league is, it’s a joke to think they wouldn’t have been able to obtain the video.

Let’s take a look at everyone who has evidence indicating the NFL is lying.

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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.

Baltimore restaurant offering free pizza for Ray Rice jerseys

Ray-Rice-Ravens-Patriots-PreviewMany around the country woke up Monday to mine to news the video of Ray Rice knocking out wife Janay Palmer had been released by TMZ. A few hours later, Rice found himself released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended by the NFL indefinitely.

Between the video going viral and subsequent decisions by the Ravens and NFL, there was no shortage of reactions by current and former players. Most of the words were harsh and strong.

In Baltimore, a restaurant is making a statement of its own. Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks has decided to give away free pizzas in exchange for Ray Rice jerseys.

“It’s kind of like a gun buyback,” co-owner Stephanie Hershkovitz said via the Baltimore Business Journal. “We thought it would be a great way to express our disgust at the whole thing.”

Hersh’s will also donate $2.70 for each jersey received to the House Of Ruth MD, one of the nation’s leading domestic violence centers.

As ESPN’s Darren Rovell shared, atleast 40 jerseys have already been received.

Ray Lewis comments on Ray Rice: ‘I’m disappointed’ (Video)

Ray-Lewis-Stanford-SpeechRay Lewis expressed disappointment in Ray Rice over the running back’s violent actions towards his wife Janay Palmer, which was magnified when video of his his knockout punch was released on Monday.

Lewis, who is a commentator for ESPN and former teammate/mentor of Rice, shared his thoughts on ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown” program.

“I’m disappointed. This is personal for me. I’m torn,” said Lewis. “This is a guy that I really took up under my wing and tried to mentor to make sure he had a successful career and stayed away from things like this.

“A man should never, ever put his hands on a woman. Bottom line,” said Lewis.

Lewis also said he reached out immediately to Rice upon hearing of the incident.

Lewis says he takes domestic violence seriously because while growing up, he experienced his mother become a victim of it.

Many people dislike hearing Lewis as a moral voice on any subject matter ever since he was charged with murder after a fight the week of the Super Bowl in 2000 led to two men being killed. Lewis reached a plea deal and plead guilty to obstruction charges.

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Fox & Friends host cracks stairs joke about Ray Rice elevator video

Brian KilmeadeWhen discussing the Ray Rice punch video, it’s probably best to avoid jokes about the situation. FOX & Friends TV show host Brian Kilmeade is probably learning that today.

FOX & Friends played the Ray Rice video on their show Monday morning and brought up that Rice and Janay Palmer got married even after the fight. They then talked about how Rihanna went back to Chris Brown after the domestic violence incident and transitioned into the Jay-Z/Solange fight.

That’s when Kilmeade got cute.

“I think the message is take the stairs.”

I think the message is think before you speak.