There was some debate however over how much the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell knew of the situation prior to that September announcement, with one anonymous New Jersey law enforcement official saying he personally sent a tape of the incident to an NFL executive in April.
Multiple sources close to Rice also backed up the story that the athlete was honest and upfront about the events that took place in that elevator when he met with Goodell three months prior to his suspension June.
Furthermore, under Article 46, Section 4 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, it states: ‘The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct.’
By CHRIS SPARGO FOR DAILYMAIL.COM