After having a rough season last year, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice seemed to be continuing to fall out of the good graces of his fans, when he brutally knocked out then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.
Word about the domestic violence attack had gotten out shortly after the incident occurred earlier, but only the footage of Rice dragging Palmer out of the elevator was released to the public. It wasn't until 4am this morning that footage from inside the elevator was released by TMZ.
As a result, Rice's team - the Baltimore Ravens - announced that he was terminated as of today.
More details from ESPN:
The Baltimore Ravens terminated running back Ray Rice's contract on Monday, hours after TMZ Sports released a video showing him punching his then-fiancée in the face in an Atlantic City hotel elevator in February.
The team had no other comment in its statement announcing Rice's release. Rice's assault on Janay Palmer, who he married in March, drew a two-game suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell — a penalty so severely criticized as too lenient that Goodell recently revamped the league's personal conduct policies covering domestic violence and assault.
The NFL says it never saw the video until Monday.
When the original incident occurred, the decision to suspend Rice for only two games was highly scrutinized, and the commissioner ended up changing the rules for domestic violence charges to a minimum six-game suspension, according to NY Daily News.
However, Rice did not have to abide by these new rules because they were instituted after his punishment.