As we have learned from ESPN’s Outside the Lines investigation, the NFL and the Ravens knew exactly what was on the Ray Rice elevator tape. In fact, Ravens Dick Cass spoke to Rice’s attorney and after hearing the description, he didn’t want to actually view the tape. Instead, he attempted to get Rice into a very lenient pre-trial intervention program.
The Ravens also consulted frequently with Rice’s Philadelphia defense attorney, Michael J. Diamondstein, who in early April had obtained a copy of the inside-elevator video and told Cass: “It’s f—ing horrible.” Cass did not request a copy of the video from Diamondstein but instead began urging Rice’s legal team to get Rice accepted into a pretrial intervention program after being told some of the program’s benefits. Among them: It would keep the inside-elevator video from becoming public.