In a lengthy statement issued by the Ravens' public relations department Sept. 22 rebutting an ESPN article, Newsome stated: "When I met with Ray to discuss the incident, I asked him one question: 'Did you hit her?' He responded: 'Yes.' Ray and I didn't discuss details beyond that, because in my mind if he hit her, no matter the circumstances or explanation, he needed to own the situation. I immediately focused on Ray taking responsibility and making amends. I later said Ray didn't lie to me because he told me he hit her, and that is what the video later showed -- although the video was much more violent than what I had pictured."