Update, 2:26 p.m.: The Baltimore Ravens have terminated running back Ray Rice.
The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice's contract this afternoon.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 8, 2014
Earlier this year, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended for two games after knocking Janay Palmer (his then fiancée, and now wife) unconscious. The extremely minor punishment he received, and the outrage it generated, led the NFL to rewrite their rules on suspending players found guilty of domestic violence. Now, a first offense for domestic violence is a six-game suspension and the second is ban from the league.
Much of the public has previously seen a security camera video, leaked shortly after the incident took place, showing an unconscious Palmer being violently dragged by Rice from an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City. Today, a new video has surfaced, this one taken from inside the elevator. TMZ obtained the video, which shows Rice and Palmer in the elevator together, before she was dragged out. In the elevator, Rice punches Palmer, knocking her head against the rail with a great deal of force, and she falls to the ground.