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Video of punch leads to Rice suspension, firing

2 years 4 months 1 week ago September 08, 2014 Sep 8, 2014 Monday, September 08 2014 September 08, 2014 1:06 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press / WBRZ

OWNING MILLS, Md. - The NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice hours after a video surfaced Monday of Rice punching his then-fiance in the face.

The Ravens announced they had also terminated Rice before the NFL suspension was handed down.

The video shows Rice and Janay Palmer, now his wife, in an Atlantic City elevator back in February. In the video Rice hit Palmer in the face, after which Palmer lunged at him and Rice punched her, knocking her out. He then dragged Palmer out of the elevator and left her face-down on the hotel floor.

The NFL said they had not seen the video before today, when it was released on TMZ.com. The league suspended Rice back in July after he was indicted for domestic violence by a grand jury, and he avoided jail time by completing a pre-trial diversionary program.

Critics accused the NFL of giving Rice too light of a punishment this summer. The league announced new policies to issue harsher penalties to players accused of domestic violence, with six weeks of suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second offense.

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