TMZ releases footage of Ray Rice punching wife

TMZ released disturbing new footage Monday morning of Ray Rice punching his wife in an Atlantic City elevator, sparking a new round of outrage over the league's decision to suspend him for just two games.

The new clip shows the actual Feb. 15 confrontation between the Baltimore Ravens running back and his then-fiancee. After entering the elevator in what looks like an argument, Ray Rice initiates contact. Janay Rice reacts physically, only to be hit with a devastating punch that leaves her unconscious. Rice then drags her limp body out of the elevator, which is where the previously released footage picks up.

Ray and Janay Rice were both arrested on simple assault charges and released. Ray Rice could have his charges dropped if he completes a diversion program. Janay Rice's charges were dropped.

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL received so much criticism for Rice's slap-on-the-wrist two-game suspension that he later announced more stringent league penalties for domestic violence.

This new footage, however, shows the public just how brutal the attack was — and just how insufficient Rice's penalty was. A Revel Casino employee tells TMZ that the league watched the tape of the incident and it seems hard to believe that Goodell or the Baltimore Ravens could not have seen the footage before levying the suspension.

Retired linebacker London Fletcher summed up the prevalent attitude on Monday morning:


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