The NFL has said that they never saw the elevator footage of Ray Rice beating Janay Palmer because it was not turned over to them by the police investigating.
No one believed them.
And now, we have proof we were right.
The Associated Press broke a story that a source in law enforcement said not only did they send the video in to the NFL, it was acknowledged. The source played back a voicemail that, according to the Caller ID, came from the NFL offices. A female voice says they got the tape, thanks them for it, and comments, "You're right. It's terrible." There was no further contact with anyone at the NFL, so no one knows where it went from there. But given that this was part of an investigation that led to Rice's suspension, it's hard to believe it wasn't seen. And don't forget, there were reporters saying that anonymous leage officials said they had seen it and it was brutal.
But that's the whispers in the dark. Officially, the NFL said they never received the tape. "We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator." That's pretty definite and clear. "We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today." Also definite and clear. Basically, the NFL position can be summed up as, "'twarnt us." I suspect this is why the report was "leaked" -- the police realized the NFL was trying to throw them under the bus, and they weren't about to let that happen. It's to save their own asses.
The NFL has no credibility. None. And even when caught red handed, they still can't admit they fucked up. They are still shifting blame and trying to make someone else take the fall.
I don't know where the NFL found their legal team, but they need to look elsewhere.