Roger Goodell Says NFL Tried To Obtain Ray Rice Video, Won’t Rule Out Comeback From Embattled Star

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 | 0

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Press Conference

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has fallen under an extreme amount of heat in the past two days after the NFL indefinitely suspended former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice in the wake of video evidence leaked by media outlet TMZ depicting him knocking out his then-fiancée (now wife) Janay in an Atlantic City elevator earlier this year:

Rice, who was also released by the team yesterday afternoon (Mon. September 8, 2014), was originally granted only a two game suspension for the previously alleged domestic assault based on a video of Rice dragging his passed out wife out of the elevator.

Goodell and the NFL as a whole has absorbed a ton of criticism because many believe there is no way that an entity as influential and powerful as the NFL would not be able to find and view the incriminating video in question.

Tonight (Tues., September 9, 2014) Goodell appeared on tonight’s CBS Evening News to address the situation, noting that while the NFL tried to obtain the video prior to initially suspending Rice, they were unable to (via ProFootballTalk):

“I got into the office [on Monday] and our staff had come to me and said, ‘There’s new evidence.  There’s a video that you need to see.’  And I watched it then,” Goodell said.  “We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the video.  We assumed that there was a video.  We asked for video.  But we were not granted that opportunity.”

When asked how TMZ could get the video when the NFL could not, Goodell played it coy:

“I don’t know how TMZ or any other website gets their information,” Goodell said.  “We are particularly reliant on law enforcement.  That’s the most reliable.  It’s the most credible.  And we don’t seek to get that information from sources that are not credible.”

That would suggest that the NFL was not able to find the video evidence as it was part of an ongoing case investigation, but again, TMZ found it, and the NFL, with their extensive list of investigators who previously worked in law enforcement, did not.

The fallout has many questioning Goodell’s ability to effectively carry on as NFL commissioner. Jason Cole of Bleacher Report speculated that Goodell is already losing the support of the owners that he’s brought so much financial success to.

But that’s not how Goodell, sees it, who said he deals with criticism on a daily basis:

“I’m used to the criticism.  I’m used to that.  Every day, I have to earn my stripes.”

While he may be used to it, that is going to stop his critics from blasting him in droves. And he may have added fuel to their fire by insinuating that Rice could potentially play in the NFL again (via Albert Breer):

There aren’t too many people out there who want to see Rice play in the NFL again, but one of them may be his wife, the victim, who released and promptly deleted an Instagram post blaming the media for her suffering.

The whole situation is sick and sad, and the NFL continually finds egg on its face thanks to Commissioner Goodell. With his grasp on the league possibly slipping, will the Ray Rice saga spell the end of Goodell’s tenure as NFL commissioner?

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