NFL Player Ray Rice Released After Disturbing New Video Surfaces

See what happened inside the elevator when Rice punched his wife unconscious
2:13 | 09/08/14

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Transcript for NFL Player Ray Rice Released After Disturbing New Video Surfaces
Now to NFL star ray rice. The football star cult by the ravens tonight, suspended by the NFL after a troubling new vild yoel has surfaced. You'll remember these images. Tonight, for the first time, we're seeing something else. What happened inside the moments before and then what happened next, now costing him his job. Tonight, the NFL taking action. What will authorities now do? ABC's Ryan smith. Reporter: The video -- chilling. Football star ray rice following his then-fiance Jan nay into an Atlantic City hotel elevator. Striing her once, then again -- seemingly punching her so hard she hits a railing and is knocked out cold. You see her here, lying on the floor, then slumped near the elevator. Players today, appalled. Got a lot of respect for ray, but you know, we just can't -- you know, that can't happen. You can't act like that anywhere. Reporter: By early afternoon, the ravens had terminated rice's contract. The NFL suspending him indefinitely. The question from many tonight -- what took so long? NFL commissioner roger Goodell saying today he never saw the video of the assault. But he did see that other video released in February showing rice dragging the unconscious Janay out of the elevator. Still, the NFL only punished rice with just a two-game suspension. Back then, the super bowl champ offered a public apology. I made the biggest mistake of my life. Me. She can do no wrong. She's an angel. Reporter: And then he was back on the field. During the ravens pre-season. What message is the NFL sending by suspending ray rice indefinitely? This is just not acceptable anymore. But we also know it's partially P.R., because there was a video and the NFL had to do something today. Reporter: Prosecutors letting rice enter a pre-trial intervention program available for first-time offenders. A slap on the wrist . They wouldn't common today. It isn't unusual, a first-time offender with a victim who is very well supportive of him. Reporter: Tonight, his Jersey no longer for sale online at the NFL store. Ryan smith, ABC news, New York.

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