The video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee inside a casino elevator was sent to NFL headquarters to the attention of league security chief Jeffrey Miller in April, a law enforcement official says.
The NFL has repeatedly said no one with the league saw the violent images until TMZ Sports released the video earlier this month. Miller said Thursday through an NFL spokesman that he never received the video.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release details of the case, said he doesn’t know if Miller ever saw the DVD or opened the package. His only communication with the NFL was a 12-second voicemail on April 9 from league offices confirming receipt of the package, in which a woman says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”
But Miller says he never saw the tape and so does Goodell. Right.
“My former state police commissioner, Jeff Miller, is the head of NFL security. And I guarantee you, I would be stunned, knowing Jeff Miller, and I worked with him for several years, that Jeff Miller didn’t see the tape. … Can you believe that they got the tape in April, and that the head of security wouldn’t have watched the tape? And I guarantee you Jeff Miller, as he did when I was governor, would report that directly to the boss. Not to anybody else. But directly to the boss.”