Critics Call For NFL Commissioner to Step Down Over Ray Rice Scandal

New firestorm emerges centered around the video depicting the NFL star knocking his wife unconscious.
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with that breaking story. The brand new firestorm over NFL star ray rice. We've all seen it, caught on camera, striking his now wife, knocking her unconscious. Tonight here, new details on what happened, and now one of the most powerful sports figures in the country, the NFL commissioner, under fire. Facing a chorus of critics. ABC's Ryan smith leading us off tonight with new questions about what the commissioner new and when. Reporter: David, that's right. Tonight, ESPN is reporting that according to multiple sources, ray rice personally told NFL commissioner roger Goodell that he punched his wife Janay in that elevator. That ail peers to contradict Goodell's statement this week that when he met with rice, the player was, quote, ambiguous about what actually happened. Pressure on Goodell growing even greater tonight. NFL commissioner roger Goodell, under fire and under wraps tonight, as football's top stars demand to know why. We're all held accountable for our actions. Certainly, every owner should be held accountable for their actions. The commissioner should be held accountable for his actions. Reporter: Goodell insists he didn't know the extent of the beating until TMZ released the devastating video Monday. But some players aren't buying it. It could have been a better job done. Because if TMZ could get it, why couldn't the national football league get it? Reporter: Anthony Davis of the 49ers, simply tweeting, "#byeroger." The NFL has asked former FBI chief Robert Mueller to investigation the situation, including whether the NFL received that tape months ago from police and ignored it. The firestorm growing as new details emerge about the assault. A hotel security staffer on duty that night, telling ESPN when Janay rice regained consciousness, her first words were "How could you do this to me? I'm the mother of your kid." And then this. Rice at one point got on the phone after he dragged his then fiance out of the elevator. They're not sure who he was speaking with, but rice said, quote, "I'm going to get arrested tonight." Reporter: Ravens owner Steve bisciotti telling Baltimore station WBAL before TMZ released the tape, he thought what happened in that elevator was essentially a drunken brawl. I was picturing her wailing on him and him smacking her and maybe her head was this far from the wall, and with her inebriation, dropped. So, why did I conclude all that, because I wanted to. Reporter: Regardless of what's on that tape, the police record is clear. Documenting saying rice punched his wife, quote, rendering her unconscious. Tonight, 16 women senators sending a letter to Goodell, demanding a new domestic violence policy. If you violently assault a woman, they write, you shouldn't get a second chance to play football in the NFL. David, as for roger Goodell, that investigation will be key, the findings expect to be made public when complete. Then all should be revealed. All right, Ryan smith, thank you.

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