ATLANTIC CITY (PIX11) — Surveillance video of NFL Ravens player Ray Rice apparently knocking out his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator emerged early Monday.
The video, released by TMZ, was taken Feb. 15 at the Revel Hotel and Casino. Rice and his companion, Janay Palmer, appear to be upset before entering the elevator — she is seen swatting him outside after he appears to spit at her. Once they get in, the argument escalates and Rice is seen punching Palmer two times — the second punch knocking her to the ground.
Palmer appears to hit her head against the elevator’s railing during the fall. Rice drags Palmer out of the elevator and then leaves her laying flat on the ground with her legs keeping the doors open. Eventually Palmer is able to get on her feet.
Despite the incident, the couple got married one month later in a private ceremony, according to ESPN.
An employee of the hotel, which was recently closed, told TMZ Sports that NFL officials saw the video footage before enforcing a two-game suspension for Rice. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the latest video was not made available to the league and "no one in our office has seen it until today." Phone messages and emails to the Ravens were not immediately returned.
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell later unveiled stricter penalties for domestic violence cases after Rice's two-game suspension received backlash for being too weak.
"I didn't get it right," Goodell wrote in a statement to NFL owners in August. "Simply put, we have to do better. And we will."
According to the NFL, players will now receive a mandatory six-game suspension for a first domestic-violence offense and banishment from the league for a second offense.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.