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NFL given the Ray Rice tape in April?

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A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice attacking his fiancée to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they did not see the violent images until this week. But according to The Associated Press, there is a 12-second voice mail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video did arrive. A female voice expresses thanks and says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The law enforcement official said he sent a DVD copy of the security camera video to an NFL office and included his contact information.

He asked the Associated Press not to release the name of the NFL executive for fear that the information would identify the law enforcement official as the source. The league says it has no record of the video, and no one in the league office had seen it until TMZ released it. When asked about the voice mail Wednesday, NFL officials reiterated that no league official had seen the video before Monday.