Roger Goodell: I Got It Wrong With Ray Rice, Now I Will Get It Right

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, September 19th, 2014 | 0

NFL: Annual Meetings

Noticeably absent from the public eye since it was alleged that the NFL had prior knowledge of the Ray Rice domestic abuse video before only suspending him for two games, commissioner Roger Goodell met with reporters this afternoon (Friday, September 19, 2014) to discuss the recent outcry over domestic violence in the NFL.

Goodell’s press conference was interrupted by Benjy from “The Howard Stern Show,” who was hauled off screaming “don’t put me in an elevator!” Here’s the video courtesy of Pete Blackburn on Vine:

All jokes aside, Goodell was understandably apologetic with his job on thin ice. He admitted that he handled the Rice situation incorrectly, and wants to make changes that will benefit the league as a whole (quotes via Bleacher Report):

“I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter, and I’m sorry about that. But now I will get it right. We will get our house in order first. The same mistakes can never be repeated. We will re-examine, enhance and improve all of our current programs, and then do more.”

Goodell moved on to discuss exactly how teams would be educated about domestic violence:

“Every team will participate in ‘education sessions’ beginning next month, followed by “training sessions. We will ask NFLPA to help develop programs in the most effective way.”

Overall, the commissioner was positive in his outlook, noting that he has a clear stance that domestic violence will not be tolerated. He also said he has a committee in place to address issues like these in the NFL:

“These incidents demonstrate that we can use the NFL to help create change, not only in our league, but in society. We strongly, strongly condemn and will punish behavior that is totally unacceptable.There will be changes to our personal conduct policy. Nothing is off the table. I’m establishing a conduct committee to review these new rules in the months and years to come.”

At the heart of the matter, Goodell had to put together a media-worthy apology and plan that would get the heat off of his back, at least for the time being. He stayed out of the press during this week’s Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal, a time when the NFL could have taken a firm stance against violence by players.

Because of this, many thought he was losing traction with the owners. However, Goodell feels that is simply not the case, but he knows he must do a better job:

“I believe I have the support of the owners. That has been clear to me. They do expect us to do a better job.”

We’ll just have to wait and see if the radical changes Goodell brought up will lead to decreased instances of domestic violence. The league continues to be plagued by the burden of these types of cases, and a lot of the attention is being dragged away from the field.

Will Goodell be able to curtail that with his new plan?

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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