The NFL announced on Wednesday night that they will have an independent investigation into the way the league handled the Ray Rice situation.
Despite championing the investigation as an “independent” pursuit, two NFL owners will oversee it: John Mara and Art Rooney.
Keep in mind that earlier on Wednesday, Mara, owner of the New York Giants, said the “notion that the Commissioner‘s job is now in jeopardy” is “misguided.”
Great. Sounds like he’s not at all biased here.
Now that we have that cleared up, here’s the NFL’s statement.
“Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct an independent investigation into the NFL’s pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tonight. Director Mueller’s investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the final report will be made public. Mara and Rooney are both attorneys. Commissioner Goodell pledged that Director Mueller will have the full cooperation of NFL personnel and access to all NFL records. Mueller served as director of the FBI for 12 years (2001-2013) under two presidents. He is currently a partner in the law firm of WilmerHale and is based in Washington, DC.”