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Report: Law enforcement official sent Ray Rice tape to NFL executive in April

An NFL executive received a tape of former Ravens running back Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer in a casino elevator in April, according to an Associated Press report that cites an anonymous law enforcement official.

In the report, a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirms the receipt of the video. Per the report, a female voice says: "You're right. It's terrible."

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has denied that the league saw the video of the physical altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J., until it surfaced Monday when Rice was indefinitely suspended and the Ravens terminated his $35 million contract.

"We have no knowledge of this," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email to The Baltimore Sun. "We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.

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