New reports: Rice told Goodell in June he had punched his fiancee
Several media outlets are reporting that former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice told the NFL commissioner back in June that he punched his then-fiancee in a New Jersey casino elevator.
Rice told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16 that he punched his then-fiancee in a casino elevator, four sources have told "Outside the Lines," an assertion that contradicts Goodell's statement this week that "when we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened."
Goodell told CBS News the most recent video released by TMZ Sports about the incident was "inconsistent" with what Rice originally told him. However, according to ESPN, "four sources close to Rice say that during the disciplinary meeting in the commissioner's office on June 16, Rice told Goodell he had hit Janay Rice," knocking her unconscious.
According to CBSSports.com, one source with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN: Outside the Lines that Rice never actually lied to the commissioner. "He told the full truth to Goodell -- he made it clear he had hit her, and he told Goodell he was sorry and that it wouldn't happen again."
The anonymous sources' statements contradict what the NFL commissioner said originally. Goodell previously said that until he watched the video on Monday released by TMZ Sports, he didn't know exactly what had transpired inside the Revel Casino Hotel elevator in Atlantic City.
- Rice told NFL he hit fiancee / ESPN Outside the Lines
- Report: Ray Rice told Roger Goodell that he hit fiancee / CBSSports.com
- Report: Ray Rice told Roger Goodell in June that he hit fiancee / Sports Illustrated