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Delmarva Reacts to Shocking Ray Rice Video

 SALISBURY, Md.- A graphic video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee in the face has gotten the attention of people on Delmarva.

TMZ posted the video, which dates back to February this year. The footage shows Rice punching his now-wife, Janay Palmer, in the face, knocking her unconscious. He then picks Palmer up and drags her out of the elevator inside Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Ariel Somers is one of several people in Salisbury who found the video hard to stomach.  

" It's disrespectful, it's scary. It's just scary how she is so limp after that," Somers said.

The vicious fight between the 27-year-old football start and Palmer broke out Feb. 15. Before the Ravens terminated Rice's contract today, Rice was set to return to the field after a two-game suspension and counseling. Rice faced third-degree aggravated assault.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said, "We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today."

Lola Pusey of Salisbury said the situation brings the issue of domestic violence to light and people need to pay close attention.

"People need to take notice of this and report it because so many times they don't do it because they're in love with the guy [or girl]," Pusey said.

Donna Leffew is director of the Life Crisis Center in Salisbury. She explains why some people stay in potentially dangerous relationships.

" People stay in those relationships for a lot of reasons. Sometimes, it's financial, and sometimes it's emotional," Leffew said. “Some people don't have the self-esteem to think that they can get out and be on their own."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently introduced new punishment guidelines for offenses related to domestic violence or sexual assault. The policy calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the league for a second offense.

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