Ray Rice is a disgrace and the NFL isn't any better for covering for him.

Ray Rice is a disgrace and the NFL seems to be caught in a lie on whether they saw the new TMZ video, with reporting pointing to discrpencies in their statements that are troublesome.

“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 and no one in our office has seen it until today.” [TMZ]

THIS NEW video evidence screams for further investigation of the NFL story that they hadn’t previously seen the graphic and violent footage of Ray Rice coldcocking Janay Palmer, now his wife. Deadspin has the whole story.

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TMZ broke the video footage that has now gone viral, with sports talk radio loudly discussing it today.

We’ve already shown you the aftermath outside the elevator … Rice dragging the unconscious woman on the floor. But we’ve now obtained video of the punch that put her down, raising the question … What was the NFL thinking when it wrist-slapped Rice with such feeble punishment?

The incident took place Feb. 15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City — after Ray and then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer got into a heated argument on their way into the elevator.

Inside the elevator it’s apparent he strikes first … she hits back … and then Rice delivers the knockout blow.

Too many women stay with thugs like Ray Rice, either because they’re seeking status and/or money, but which boils down to their own lack of self-worth and desperate need to hold on to what they perceive as a display of affection that’s simply part of a relationship. Janay Palmer needs help, because if she doesn’t get it… On and on it usually goes, domestic violence ebbing and flowing in a relationship that is fueled by control and anger, testosterone and power, substituting for love and respect that is nowhere to be found.

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That the NFL hid behind this tweet, allowing Ray Rice to be excused for his violence, is the most egregious example of what the National Football League thinks of women and why they no longer deserve support.

O.J. Simpson is one fatal example of what can happen when a woman doesn’t deal directly with a violent man with an ego fueled by rage and criminal intent.

It’s amazing, but lately I’ve been speaking to men who love football, some actually saying that the NFL is trying to do better. There remains such cultural ignorance and nonchalance about domestic violence in sports.

The NFL has some explaining to do.

As for Ray Rice, a further investigation is obviously needed, but there should be little doubt that he should be banned from NFL football for life, or a season, which just might amount to the same thing.

UPDATE: The second tweet below speaks for itself, however, it’s the first tweet in which I quote Lisa Bloom on CNN that wafts over this entire debacle by Roger Goodell, NFL commissioner.