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LOS ANGELES — In shocking video that previously had not been seen, Baltimore Ravens running back knocked out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer with a single blow before carrying her limp body out of an elevator.
The Ravens quickly terminated Rice’s contract on Monday as well.
Previously, only video of Rice carrying Palmer out of the elevator in Atlantic City, N.J., had been shown. But TMZ obtained video from inside the elevator that showed Rice delivering a powerful strike to Palmer, knocking her down and out.
The video from Feb. 15 at the Revel Hotel and Casino shows Rice and Palmer briefly arguing before it ends with Rice delivering a hook, knocking her out.
The blow knocked Palmer off her feet and she hit her head on the elevator handrail. When the elevator doors open, Rice drags her out and into the hotel.
An employee at the now-shuttered hotel told TMZ that the NFL saw the elevator footage before suspending Rice for the first two games of the season. The suspension drew harsh criticism in and out of the sports world.
It led the league to implement a domestic violence punishment protocol that brings a six-game suspension for any league player or employee involved in a domestic violence incident and a lifetime suspension for a second violation.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league “didn’t get it right” when it handed down Rice’s punishment in July.
“My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn’t get it right,” Goodell wrote.
Rice faced a felony aggravated assault charge in the case, but he accepted a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being wiped from his record.