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On Feb. 15, grainy video showed running back Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, left, off an elevator.

Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press

Celebrity gossip site TMZ posted new footage Monday morning of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in the face in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for the first two games of the season over the incident, which occurred in the Revel Hotel and Casino on Feb. 15. A previous clip of the altercation started with Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the elevator.

An employee of the hotel told TMZ the NFL saw the elevator footage before imposing the two-game ban. Goodell announced tougher punishment for future cases in late August after the suspension led to an uproar from players, women's groups and organizations supporting victims of domestic violence.

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Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, would not comment on the new video to The Associated Press. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the latest video was not made available to the league and "no one in our office has seen it until today," according to the AP. Phone messages and e-mails to the Ravens were not immediately returned.

Any NFL employee – not just a player – who is found to have engaged in assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involved physical force will be suspended without pay for six games for a first offence. Second-time offenders will be banished from the league for at least one year.

Warning: The video shows graphic violence.

Warning: The video shows graphic violence.

"My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families," Mr. Goodell had said in a statement. "I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values. I didn't get it right. Simply put, we have to do better. And we will."

Rice was arrested on assault charges and has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being dropped. He and Palmer were married in March.

With a report from Associated Press

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