NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Ray Rice could return to the NFL one day after the NFL suspended him indefinitely and the Ravens cut him after TMZ released a shocking video that showed Rice sucker punching his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
“I don’t rule that out, but he would have to make sure that we are fully confident that he is addressing this issue… he has paid a price for the actions that he has already taken,” Goodell told CBS’s Norah O’Donnell on Tuesday.
Goodell said that the league knew the second video of Rice knocking out his fiancee unconscious existed and asked for it, but nobody in the NFL saw the tape before Monday. He said the video was unambiguous and implied that Rice’s camp gave the league an “ambiguous” description of the elevator video.
Goodell was resoundingly criticized for suspending Rice for just two games. He later said he made a mistake and again said that the league did not get it right and that Goodell was accountable. After the backlash the initial suspension, the NFL instituted new domestic violence sanctions–NFL players and employees will now be suspended for six games for the first offense and banned for life for a second.