NFL’s Roger Goodell: We ‘Assumed’ Second Ray Rice Tape Existed

‘We asked for video. We asked for anything that was pertinent. But we were never granted that opportunity’

Roger Goodell: We asked for Ray Rice video on multiple occasions (USA Today)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he never saw the elevator video of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee until Monday morning, but when he did, he found it "sickening," he told USA TODAY Sports in a telephone interview Tuesday evening.

He also said that Rice and his representatives told him a different story about what happened in the Atlantic City elevator than what he saw on the video. While he would not reveal those details, he called them "ambiguous."

"There was no ambiguity when you saw that tape (Monday)," he said. "It was sickening. It was appalling. It was clear that it was not consistent with what they presented to us in the hearing and we needed to take the right step which is to indefinitely suspend him."

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