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Ravens terminate Ray Rice, NFL suspends him: Discussing the broader issue of domestic violence

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The Baltimore Ravens have terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice, the team announced Monday, the same day a shocking video surfaced showing the NFL star punching his then-fiancee in February.

The news release from the NFL team was terse.

"The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," it read.

Shortly after the team's announcement, the league said the three-time all-Pro was suspended indefinitely.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had originally given Rice a two-game ban, increased the suspension after viewing the new video for the first time, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Twitter.

The NFL players' union didn't immediately respond to CNN's request for comment.

The new video shows Rice punching Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, inside an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, seven months ago.

TMZ Sports posted the video Monday showing Rice and Palmer entering an elevator. Inside the elevator, Rice punches Palmer. Palmer lunges after Rice, and then Rice hits her again and she falls to the floor.

Previously, TMZ Sports had released hotel surveillance video of Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator. This is the first time video has been released that shows Rice punching her.

The release of this video has the issue of domestic abuse back in the headlines.

On Studio A Monday, September 8th, Angela Mancuso with The Women's Center discussed the video, and the broader issue of domestic violence.

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