NFL Received Ray Rice Video Three Months Ago, Law Enforcement Officials Confirm

  • The AP has confirmed that an anonymous law enforcement official sent the video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée unconcscious to the NFL three months ago. The AP also listened to a voicemail confirming that the video was received by someone there on April 9: a female voice says thanks and “You’re right. It’s terrible.” The NFL has consistently maintained they did not see the violent video until Monday, when it became public by TMZ. The league has been receiving harsh criticism for originally only suspending Rice for two games. [AP]
  • According to NBC Nightly News, the NFL’s response to the AP’s confirmation is “We have no knowledge of this … We will look into it.” Uh huh. Lemme guess … the dog ate the tape? An intern lost it? It walked away and moved to Bali? [Twitter.com/NBCNightlyNews]
  • Following TMZ’s release of a video on Monday, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received nearly double an increase in calls from domestic violence victims, their family, and friends. [Huffington Post]
  • AGHHH! I love everything about this story: two teen girls who met at a Girls Who Code camp created a computer game called “Tampon Run” in which you fight to attack your enemies with tampons. The ladies said they created the “strange” game because “it’s stranger that our society has accepted and normalized guns and violence through video games, yet we still find tampons and menstruation unspeakable.” LOVE IT. [Feministing]
  • Take a peek inside the NFL cheerleaders’ fight for a minimum wage. [Businessweek]
  • Missouri State Rep. Paul Joseph Wieland is so mad that his daughters might have contraception covered under the Affordable Care Act that he’s suing the Obama administration.  [MSNBC]
  • The California Highway Patrol officer who was videotaped in July beating a homeless woman has been publicly identified. [The Grio]
  • Canada is currently working to revamp their sex work laws after the Supreme Court struck down the existing law last year. [CBC]
  • Vanity Fair’s list of “media disruptors” was awfully white and male. [NYmag.com]
  • Science fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin has won the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. [The Paris Review]
  • On how violence against indigenous women and Native women is depicted onscreen. [Racialicious]

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