Finally, there should be some real answers to how the NFL handled the Ray Rice situation.
The league, through a statement by spokeman Greg Aiello, said former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III has been hired to investigate the league’s handling of the domestic violence incident with Rice, a running back who was cut by the Ravens on Monday. Two NFL owners, John Mara of the Giants and Art Rooney of the Steelers, will oversee the investigation, the Associated Press said.
Mueller will have access to all of the NFL’s records. The probe became a neccessity when the AP reported the NFL had been sent a copy of the video of the Rice incident in April, despite Goodell saying he had never seen the full video before TMZ released it on Monday. The NFL made a feeble attempt to leak to TMZ, through a “high-ranking NFL source,” that nobody in the league office had ever seen the video before Monday. The public wasn’t going to buy that the NFL could ascertain that in less than three hours after the AP’s report. So Mueller is being brought in to hopefully clear things up.
This probe will be huge for Goodell, who has been under tremendous criticism this week. Assuming that Mueller will present an honest account of his findings, it could either prove that Goodell really never did see the video. It can also clear up how much effort he put in to obtain it. On the other hand, the investigation could show that he either did see it before Monday or had the chance and willfully passed, and if either of those scenarios are true it would be hard to see him keeping his job, especially after his insistence that he hadn’t seen the video before TMZ released it.
Mueller’s investigation, while sure to be viewed cynically as a way for the NFL to exonerate itself, is a big moment for the league, and Goodell. We should be able to get a pretty clear picture of how the NFL handled one of its most controversial moments in many, many years.
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- American Football
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- Robert S. Mueller III
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