John Harbaugh: 'Ray Rice did not reveal full details'

Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens speaks to members of the media after a practice during the Baltimore Ravens rookie camp on May 5, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh reveals that Ray Rice did not tell him that he punched his wife in the lift of an Atlantic City hotel in February.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has revealed that Ray Rice never told him about the level of violence he used in his assault on his wife in an Atlantic City hotel.

A report from ESPN claimed that members of the Ravens organisation were aware that Rice had punched his then-fiancee in the incident in February.

However, Harbaugh has insisted that Rice told him that he was only acting defensively in the melee, and never mentioned that he had punched his wife.

Harbaugh said in a statement: "Ray Rice never told me that he punched her. In June, when I spoke to ESPN The Magazine, it was still my understanding that Ray had not punched her and was acting defensively."

Ravens director of security Darren Sanders added: "Ray told me he slapped her. He denied punching her."

Owner Steve Bisciotti is adamant that the organisation did not know all the facts about the details of the assault in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

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