Who saw the video and when did they see it?
Those are the questions reporters and the NFL’s own investigators will be asking about the Revel casino surveillance video showing Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer, then his fiancée and now his wife.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS that the league had not seen the video until TMZ.com posted it online Monday. Rice was suspended indefinitely from the NFL and cut by the Ravens later that day.
However, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday that police had sent the league a DVD of the incident, showing Rice striking Palmer in the elevator, and that the NFL confirmed receipt of the video April 9.
That means Goodell likely couldn’t have been there when the video arrived, because he was attending the Masters. Geoff Shackelford of GeoffShackelford.com noted that Goodell, an Augusta National member, was photographed at the Masters on April 9, which was a Wednesday, the day before the tournament began.
— Matt Zahn (@mattzahnsports) April 9, 2014
Goodell has been a member at Augusta National since last fall, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He maintains 7.4 handicap at Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY. The Donald Ross design hosted the inaugural PGA Championship, won by James M. Barnes in 1916.