NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is speaking out for the first time since surveillance video emerged of Baltimore Ravens Running back Ray Rice knocking-out his then-fiancee out in a casino elevator.
Goodell has come under intense criticism after the league claimed it never saw the video until after it was posted online by TMZ.
But Goodell says the league was aware the tape may have existed.
Rachel Nichols is OutFront with more, including an exclusive statement from the man at the center of this violent attack, Ray Rice.
Ray Rice's wife, Janay is defending the man she says she loves. She's speaking out just a day after a video surfaced showing him punch her in the face in a casino elevator.
She's blaming the media and the NFL, not her husband. - and is calling the situation a "horrible nightmare" for her family.
Janay is one of 12 million Americans who are victims of domestic violence each year, and she's one of several women who have been abused by an NFL athlete.
CNN's Jean Casarez is OutFront.
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Obama met with two top Republicans, House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, along with the top Democrats, Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House leader Nancy Pelosi at the White House.
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(CNN) - National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is coming under intense criticism Tuesday for the way he handled the case of running back Ray Rice, who was seen in a newly released video punching his then-fiancée in an elevator so hard she drops to the ground.
In the video, published Monday by TMZ, Janay Rice, now his wife, lies face down on an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator floor before Rice is seen picking up her body like a rag doll and dragging her out and dropping her.
Ray Rice's career appears all but over - after the video surfaced, he was released by the Baltimore Ravens and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL.
Before the TMZ video's release, Goodell had suspended Rice without pay from two games. That move was in reaction to an initial video that showed the football player dragging a limp Janay Rice from the elevator. Ray Rice was then also fined for "conduct detrimental to the NFL," according to a league statement. The total amount the multimillion-dollar player was set to lose reportedly was $529,411.
Rice's wife apparently posted a statement Tuesday on Instagram calling the situation a "nightmare."
"To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is a horrific (sic)," she wrote.
The Instagram post, reported by various media, appeared to be authentic.
The new video has outraged many. Questions must be answered, Goodell's critics say, and some are even wondering if the NFL commissioner is fit for his job.
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