Report: Law enforcement sent NFL Ray Rice video

An Associated Press report could have the NFL in a lot of trouble.

According to the AP, citing an anonymous source, a law enforcement official did send over the video footage of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee and now-wife, Janay Rice, to a league executive.

The NFL, through commissioner Roger Goodell has denied ever seeing the video. In a memo sent out to all the NFL owners, Goodell claimed the league was denied access to it when it approached authorities.

"First, we did not see video of what took place inside the elevator until it was publicly released on Monday," part of the memo read. "When the new video evidence became available, we acted promptly and imposed an indefinite suspension on Mr. Rice."

The NFL has been widely criticized for its handling of this case, from the initial two-game suspension through the revelation of the video, published to TMZ on Monday. The video shows what had not been seen previously, which is Rice knocking his wife out in an elevator at the now-defunct Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

If the NFL is in fact caught in a lie, that won't bode well for a league that's suffering at the moment from the main talking points centering from off-field related issues.

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