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Report: NFL was sent copy of Rice tape

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Responding to a new report, the NFL says in a statement it has "no knowledge" of a tape being sent to a league executive months ago that shows Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

"We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it," the NFL says in the statement.

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The Associated Press reported Wednesday that a law enforcement official says he sent a copy of the video to an NFL executive months ago.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said no one at the league saw the video until this week when TMZ posted it online because the league was unable to legally obtain it.

The video shows Rice hitting Janay Palmer in the face inside the since-closed Revel Casino in Atlantic City, apparently knocking her unconscious after her head hits a railing inside the elevator.

[SportsNetwork.com]

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