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League officials in the NFL released a statement saying they never watched video of Ray Rice physically assaulting his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an elevator until Monday.

But TMZ is telling a different story, reporting that the NFL never contacted the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ to obtain the video of Rice brutally beating Palmer, who has since changed her name to Janay Rice.

That little piece of information brings one very disturbing fact to light — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to give Rice a two-game suspension without considering the video at all.

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. Former employees have told us someone with an affiliation to the NFL saw the video, but we are now certain that someone was not from Goodell’s office or the core NFL executives.

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.

An NFL source tells us they requested “any and all information” from law enforcement in the criminal case but got nothing because it was a pending case. But the NFL had other options … namely going to the casino or Rice’s lawyer — but the NFL never bothered to ask.

The NFL, however, maintains they requested all information from law enforcement.

We’ll keep you updated with the latest from the NFL and the seemingly incompetent investigation in question.

SOURCE: TMZ | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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