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Thanks to TMZ publishing the video of Ray Rice delivering a blow that led to the knock out of his then fiancee Janay Palmer, the NFL decided to suspend the star running back indefinitely. Although the NFL claims they didn’t see the video when they initially suspended him for two games, sources from the now shuttered Revel Hotel in Atlantic City insist the league never bothered to ask for it. 

Reports TMZ:

Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports … NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator … video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.  

Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us … if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied.

Without video … Goodell blindly justified the initial 2-game suspension, based on the only evidence they had — from the two people in the elevator, who called it mutual combat.

Multiple sources tell TMZ Sports …  the casino made a copy of the elevator surveillance video for police. We’re also told Rice’s lawyer had a copy of the video, which he got in the criminal case.

The NFL contends that they requested all materials, but that the footage from inside the elevator was not delivered because it was a pending case.

Hmm, do you believe the NFL never saw the video? Let us know in the comments.

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