The NFL says it asked local law enforcement for a copy of the security camera footage showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee (and now wife) Janay, though it has not directly said whether it sought the same evidence from the casino or Rice's attorney.
"Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police," the NFL said in a statement released to PFT. "Any videos related to an ongoing criminal investigation are held in the custody of the state police. As we said yesterday: We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us." [PFT]
The statement comes in response to — yet notably does not address — TMZ's claim that the NFL never asked the casino nor Rice's attorney for the tape. That claim, TMZ and others say, suggests the league did not make a concerted attempt to view all the evidence in Rice's case before handing him a two-game suspension.