Goodell tells teams NFL was denied video
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell has sent a memo to the 32 teams reiterating that the NFL never saw until Monday the video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee that led to Rice’s indefinite suspension and release by the Baltimore Ravens.
Goodell told the teams on Wednesday that none of the law enforcement entities the league approached “was permitted to provide any video or other investigatory material to us.” He said the league did not ask the casino directly for the video.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Tuesday in a letter to the fans that the team tried to get the video from both the casino and law enforcement. The casino wouldn’t share it and the authorities refused, he said.
Goodell also stressed his confidence in how the NFL will deal with domestic violence and sexual assault in the future — “seriously and effectively.”