AP: The NFL Has Had Ray Rice’s Assault Tape Since April

Potentially crippling news here: The AP claims to have a source who says law enforcement sent a copy of Ray Rice’s assault footage to the NFL back in April. If confirmed, this would contradict the NFL’s assertion that they had repeatedly asked for the tape, but had not seen it till TMZ leaked the footage this week. The tape in question shows former Baltimore Raven Rice brutally punching his then-fiancee. Supposedly, the AP has in its possession a voicemail from the NFL confirming they had received the tape and quotes one person on the voicemail as saying, “You’re right. It’s terrible” …

Update: The NFL has released a brief statement denying the AP report’s authenticity: “We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”

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