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Ray Rice Investigation: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 11 Sep 2014


After serious questions were raised concerning the NFL's actions during the Ray Rice suspension and aftermath, commissioner Roger Goodell announced that an independent investigation has been launched into how the league handled the evidence, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:USA Today's Tom Pelissero highlighted the two key points from Goodell's announcement:According to NFL.com's Jeff Darlington, the league hasn't set a deadline for investigation to be completed:Darren Rovell of ESPN reports Mueller has a history of working with the NFL:Rachel Nichols of CNN reveals the National Organization for Women's thoughts on the investigation:ESPN's Andrew Brandt pointed out that the independent investigation of Richie Incognito was far from an expeditious process, so the Rice investigation could be drawn out as well:This all stems from issues concerning whether the league had a tape in its possession that showed Rice striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, who's now his wife.Goodell maintained during an interview on CBS Evening News (via NFL.com) that nobody from the league had viewed the tape prior to its release earlier in the week by TMZ(warning: link includes graphic violence):No one in the NFL, to my knowledge, and I have asked that same question, and the answer to that is no. We were not granted that. We were told that was not something we would have access to. On multiple occasions, we asked for it. And on multiple occasions we were told no. I understand that there may be legal restrictions on them sharing that with us. And we've heard that from attorneys general and former attorneys general.However, The Associated Press reported that a copy of the tape was in fact sent to the league office months ago:Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel did note that the report didn't claim Goodell himself had seen the tape before issuing Rice a two-game suspension, but the news reflected badly on him and the league:Both NFL.com's Judy Battista and Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey believe that an independent investigation will allow the truth to come to light:Others, such as Megan Mawicke of CBS 2 in Chicago, questioned how independent the investigation can be if two current owners will oversee it:Football fans and writers everywhere will wait with bated breath for the results of the independent investigation to be revealed. The report could have massive consequences, with some already calling for Goodell's removal.If the report shows that Goodell and the league engaged in a cover-up regarding the tape, then the demand for action by NFL owners will only grow.
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