By now, the world has now seen the videotape of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancee out cold in an Atlantic City elevator.
The league that knows no shame is now claiming not to have had access to the video prior to giving Rice his two-game ban.
Of course, that's not what Peter King reported on July 29, in no uncertain terms:
There is one other thing I did not write or refer to, and that is the other videotape the NFL and some Ravens officials have seen, from the security camera inside the elevator at the time of the physical altercation between Rice and his fiancée. I have heard reports of what is on the video, but because I could not confirm them and because of the sensitivity of the case, I never speculated on the video in my writing, because I don’t think it is fair in an incendiary case like this one to use something I cannot confirm with more than one person. I cannot say any more, because I did not see the tape. I saw only the damning tape of Rice pulling his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator.
In today's MMQB column, King didn't even acknowledge the contradiction, writing simply:
If league officials saw this video before issuing the two-game ban for Rice, all the scorn that’s been heaped on Roger Goodell and his colleagues will be deserved.
The league says it has not seen the tape, and I cannot refute that with certainty. No one from the league has ever knocked down my report to me, and so I was surprised to see the claim today that league officials have not seen the tape.
I hope when this story is fully vetted, we all get the truth and nothing but the truth.
But Rice's own lawyer had access to the video, and disgustingly advanced the (now debunked) theory that Rice was defending himself. There's no reason the NFL couldn't have demanded to have seen the video before issuing their judgment.
So, what now?
It's unclear whether Roger Goodell can revisit the decision on Rice's suspension, which was far too short long before this latest video was put forth.
Either way, his legacy is tarnished forever.
The Ravens could deactivate Rice, but they have played perhaps the worst role of all in the aftermath, by shifting blame to Janay Rice and vocally defending Ray.
Per Mike Freeman, Rice had told his teammates that, indeed, he had been defending himself.
Now, Rice is apparently losing the support of those teammates.
Baltimore coach John Harbaugh will speak with reporters at 8pm tonight, when the entire football viewing public will be watching Monday Night Football.
Several current and former Broncos, including Terrance Knighton, Chris Harris, Duke Ihenacho, and Brady Quinn, have called for Rice to be punished more severely, if not kicked out of the league.
Unlike King, Adam Schefter is reacting with outrage, rather than trying to cover his own ass.
Dan Wetzel thinks a more just punishment would have come down, had a woman (other than Janay Rice) been involved in the process.