Report: NFL Did Not See the Ray Rice Tape

Breaking: Report finds that the NFL had not previously viewed the Ray Rice in-elevator video, but finds fault with the league's handling of the case.

Today, former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III released the results of a four-month investigation into the Ray Rice incident.

The report states that it was tasked with answering two questions:

1. Did the NFL possess or view the in-elevator video of Mr. Rice and his then-fiancée Janay Palmer from the Revel Casino before its public release on September 8, 2014?

2. What information was obtained, provided or available to the NFL during its investigation of the Rice incident?

“We found no evidence that anyone at the NFL had or saw the in-elevator video before it was publicly shown," said Mueller in the report. "We also found no evidence that a woman at the NFL acknowledged receipt of that video in a voicemail message on April 9, 2014."

Mueller concludes, “[T]here was substantial information about the incident – even without the in-elevator video – indicating the need for a more thorough investigation. The NFL should have done more with the information it had, and should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the February 15 incident.”

Highlights from the report:

- The investigation found no evidence that the NFL received the in-elevator video before its public release on September 8, 2014.
- The NFL’s deference to law enforcement “can foster an environment in which it is less important to understand precisely what a player did than to understand how and when the criminal justice system addresses the event.”
- The NFL’s deference to the law enforcement process involving Mr. Rice “led to deficiencies in the League’s collection and analysis of information during its investigation.”
- The NFL had “substantial information suggesting a serious event had occurred inside the elevator that the League should have further investigated.” Had the League done so, “it may have uncovered additional information about the incident, possibly including the in-elevator video prior to its public release.”

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