To say the NFL screwed up BIG TIME on Ray Rice would be the understatement of the year. Clearly, they made no real effort to do even a basic investigation after it had been revealed that the now-suspended Baltimore Ravens running back had committed a horrific attack on his wife. Questions are being raised now regarding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and whether he was negligent and/or should be fired as a result. Finally, he has broken his silence by granting an interview to CBS News.
“We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell insisted to Norah O’Donnell. “We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.”
An interesting choice of words there. “Never granted that opportunity”? Or “never cared to ask the right questions”? After all, it seems like it was pretty darned easy for TMZ to get ahold of that footage. Does TMZ have some magical power that Goodell doesn’t have?
According to TMZ’s Harvey Levin, the NFL made no effort to obtain the video:
Say what you may about Harvey Levin, but he’s a stand-up guy. After watching that, who seems more believable to you? An NFL Commissioner who’s now doing everything he can to save his own ass? Or a news producer who was just putting the evidence out into the public sphere? Some are criticizing TMZ for paying for the video, but that’s really missing the point, since the NFL clearly had free access to the same footage, but chose to sweep it under the rug and look the other way.
Were it not for TMZ, Ray Rice might still be playing ball. That’s a travesty of justice…and a horrible judgment call made by a very troubled organization.
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