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Reportedly, the Ravens and the NFL had access to the tape and chose not to watch it. Goodell has likely committed willful ignorance. And just as everything went to hell, the Ravens offered Ray Rice a job when he retires as a player.
“Roger Goodell could’ve lived up to the standards he placed on players when I was in the league,” Bruschi said. “For those mistakes he made — if someone else made those there would’ve been heavy repercussions.”
We’re going to compile some of our favorite non-answers that Roger Goodell gave to tough (and some weak) questions on domestic violence, the Ray Rice scandal, how the NFL will handle these issues going forward and more.
Goodell has pledged to offer financial support to two national domestic violence hotlines, who’ve seen an increase in calls over the last two weeks and have not had the resources to answer them all. “That must not continue,” Goodell writes. Watch his press conference live, here.
If one dirtbag comes to the aid of another dirtbag, does that nullify their inhumanity or make it exponentially worse?
What’s been overlooked in all this Ray Rice controversy is that Commissioner Roger Goodell has set a precedent for the NFL dealing with Off-Field Violence committed by its players. From now on, there must be actual video of the act of violence that is “extremely clear, extremely graphic and sickening” for the league to take the appropriate action. At least that’s how Goodell justified waiting all this time to suspend Rice rather than wrist slap he originally gave Rice.
A collection of his finest quotes on how hitting a woman is somehow a sign of the apocalypse, inside…
In trying to strike down Ray Rice, the NFL has created a scandal greater than anyone could have imagined.