UPDATE: 2:30 PM EST
On Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Ravens announced they terminated running back Ray Rice’s contract.
The #Ravens have terminated RB Ray Rice’s contract this afternoon.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 8, 2014
The NFL Commissioner has also indefinitely suspended Rice in response to the video of the football player punching his then-fiance Janay Palmer that emerged on Monday.
UPDATE: 10:15 AM EST
League officials in the NFL tell TMZ they did not see footage of Ray Rice punching then-fiance Janay Palmer in the face before deciding to suspend the Ravens running back for two games.
A league spokesperson tells us … “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 and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
It is unclear if the NFL will reopen their investigation.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had access to the full video, including footage of the punch that knocked Palmer out, and used it to determine Rice’s controversial punishment.
Both Rice and Palmer were charged with simple assault in the Feb. 15 incident. In March, a grand jury cranked up the charge against Rice to third-degree aggravated assault, a felony; the charge against Palmer was dropped altogether. In May, Rice entered a diversionary program that would allow him to avoid trial. Upon completion of the one-year program, his assault charge will be dismissed.
Palmer and Rice were married shortly after the incident. It is unclear if Palmer gave consent for the video to be released. You can visit TMZ to watch the full video.