You already knew someone was going to have to take the fall for the NFL in the Ray Rice saga. Looks as if that person might be NFL security chief Jeffery Miller.
The anonymous law enforcement official who claimed he sent the Ray Rice elevator video to the NFL, has confirmed he sent the package to Miller.
The official could not confirm that Miller ever watched the video, but said he did receive a voice mail from the league office confirming the package was received. The official allowed the AP to listen to the 12-second message, in which a woman reportedly says, “You’re right. It’s terrible.”
Miller has denied having seen the video or had it in his possession before TMZ released the footage in early September.
“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice’s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: `Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.
“My intention wasn’t to bring down Commissioner Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” the he added.
There are two executives at the NFL with the name Jeffery Miller. It’s still possible that Miller didn’t see it. But someone, likely an assistant, did.