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Baltimore Ravens sack Ray Rice and NFL hand down 'indefinite' suspension after video showing him beating then-fiancée

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23:  Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15:  Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before the start of the Ravens and Cleveland Browns game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 15: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before the start of the Ravens and Cleveland Browns game at M&T Bank Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens stands in the tunnel before being introduced in an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 13: Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens stands in the tunnel before being introduced in an NFL game against the Green Bay Packers at M&T Bank Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 06: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs the ball against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Wild Card Playoff Game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts to scoring a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 06: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens reacts to scoring a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on October 6, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Ravens terminated Ray Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely, hours after a video emerged showing the running back striking his then-fiancée in the face.

Rice was already serving a two-game ban from the NFL for the incident, which became public earlier this year when another video showed him dragging an unconscious Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, out of an elevator of an Atlantic City hotel.

The latest video, posted by TMZ, shows the three-time Pro Bowl running back striking Palmer and knocking her to the floor of the elevator.

"The Baltimore Ravens terminated the contract of RB Ray Rice this afternoon," the Ravens said in a one-line statement.

The couple eventually married, a day after he was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault.

Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens in 2012 and helped Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the end of that season.

Speaking out against domestic violence in the wake of a video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in an elevator, President Barack Obama said on Monday that "hitting a woman is not something a real man does."

"The President is the father of two daughters. And like any American, he believes that domestic violence is contemptible and unacceptable in a civilized society," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

"Hitting a woman is not something a real man does, and that's true whether or not an act of violence happens in the public eye, or, far too often, behind closed doors," the White House statement added, saying that stopping domestic violence "is something that's bigger than football."

The Ravens released Rice on Monday after the video, published on the website TMZ, showed him punching Janay Palmer, who is now his wife, and her falling face down on the elevator floor. Rice, 27, was also suspended indefinitely by the National Football League.

A previously released video showed Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer from the elevator at an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino, earlier this year. Following its release, the NFL suspended Rice for two games and fined him $500,000, a punishment widely criticized as too lenient.

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