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NFL AP Story Wrong NO ONE Here Saw Video Before Monday

9/10/2014 4:28 PM PDT

NFL -- AP Story Wrong ... NO ONE Here Saw Ray Rice Video Before Monday


A high-ranking NFL source tells TMZ ... "No one at the league" saw the Ray Rice elevator video until TMZ Sports posted it Monday.

The Associated Press claims someone from law enforcement sent a DVD of the video to an NFL exec in April ... months before Roger Goodell handed down the 2-game suspension.

Up to now ... the NFL has hedged, saying to their knowledge no one in the organization got the tape. But now an NFL source tells us in no uncertain terms ... no one at the league got it.  And the source goes on to define the league as 3 things -- NFL headquarters, NFL Films in New Jersey and the NFL Network in L.A.
The source goes on to say the NFL headquarters has around 475 employees at its NYC headquarters, and "no one at these 3 offices saw it." 

TMZ Sports is NOT vouching for the NFL's position.  We're merely telling you what they're saying. Watch TMZ Sports on FS1 Get the new TMZ Sports app!


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