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Report: Police have video showing Ray Rice knocking fiancée unconscious

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Legal ramifications aside, Rice will likely be suspended to start 2014.

A report from SI's Robert Klemko states police have a video showing Ray Rice knocking his fiancée unconscious.
A report from SI's Robert Klemko states police have a video showing Ray Rice knocking his fiancée unconscious.
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Ray Rice is in some serious trouble.

The first video TMZ got its hands on was damaging enough. It showed Rice dragging the unconscious body of his fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator after she was allegedly hit by the Ravens' running back.

Even though the original police report stated that video evidence showed Rice and Palmer both assaulted each other, the fact that the public hadn't seen it happen could sway opinions one way or the other.

However, it's possible that video comes to light at some point in the near future. According to Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko, police do in fact have a video that shows Rice knocking Palmer unconscious.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source says police have yet-to-be-released video of Ray Rice knocking fiancée unconscious before dragging her. Expect a suspension.</p>&mdash; Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) <a href="https://twitter.com/RobertKlemko/statuses/436692985594781696">February 21, 2014</a></blockquote>
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Rice is in a bizarre situation where a he said/she said battle doesn't matter. If the video supports the crime, then it doesn't matter what anyone says.

From a legal standpoint, Rice could get off without any jail time. He has no prior convictions and he's been a model citizen before this. Regardless of what's on video, his reputation has taken quite a hit though. And if this video does reach the public, and it's exactly what this report states, then it could do even more damage.

As far as his football career is concerned, a suspension is more than a given at this point. The question now remains is how many games?