Ray Rice may be on the fast track to reinstatement by the NFL, but in the court of public opinion, there’s still a lot the public doesn’t know.
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The already-ugly Ray Rice elevator punch just got much uglier after ABC News released a newly-acquired video depicting Rice and his then-fiancee, now-wife Janay Palmer in the aftermath of the fateful punch.
According to ABC News, in the video above:
“Palmer going through something of an emotional evolution in the middle of the night. Almost immediately after the assault, she appears angry. Soon after, Palmer begins to cry. And by the time she and Rice are both escorted into an elevator – handcuffed – she appears to kiss and nuzzle the one-time NFL star.
“Both Rice and Palmer were arrested that night and charged with one count of assault each. The charge against Palmer was later dropped for “insufficient evidence,” while the charge against Rice was upgraded to aggravated assault.”
Rice was suspended for the incident by the NFL during the offseason for two games, a number so small it caused a national outrage – an outrage that grew even bigger when the video of what happened inside the elevator was released. On the day of the video’s release, the Baltimore Ravens cut the two-time Pro Bowler and later that day the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely.