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NFL’s ‘independent’ Ray Rice investigation being overseen by two NFL owners

Roger Goodell

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.”

Report: Ron Washington investigated for alleged sexual assault

Ron WashingtonFormer Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington is being investigated for an alleged sexual assault, according to a report.

Jamie Kelly of The Scoop Sports says Washington’s alleged sexual assault of a reporter is the reason the manager stepped down last week.

Dallas sports radio host Ben Rogers of “The Ben & Skin Show” on 105.3 The Fan says he heard the same.

Washington announced his sudden resignation last Friday in the middle of his eighth season as the team’s manager, citing an “off-the-field personal matter.” GM Jon Daniels said Washington’s resignation was not drug-related.

We’ve contacted the Rangers seeking comment on the report.

Roger Goodell: Ray Rice lied about what happened in elevator

Ray Rice apologyRay Rice and his representatives lied about what happened between him and his now-wife Janay Palmer inside a casino elevator over the winter, according to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. While Goodell would not specify what exactly Rice claimed took place, he said his description was not consistent with what was seen on the disturbing tape that was released Monday.

In an interview with Christine Brennan of USA Today Sports, Goodell described the details Rice provided as “ambiguous.”

“There was no ambiguity when you saw that tape (Monday),” he said. “It was sickening. It was appalling. It was clear that it was not consistent with what they presented to us in the hearing and we needed to take the right step which is to indefinitely suspend him.”

[WATCHRay Rice punches wife Janay Palmer, knocks her out]

Assuming the NFL truly didn’t see the footage, and New Jersey state attorney general spokesman Paul Loriquet did say Tuesday that it would have been “improper” and “illegal” to show the tape to a private entity like the NFL, the big question is what the league actually thought happened that resulted in Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator. Goodell continues to dance around that question.

“What they indicated happened was that it was ambiguous and there was another side to it,” he told Brennan. “I don’t think there is when I see the video. It was an ambiguous description of what happened in the elevator and I don’t think that’s ambiguous at all.”

According to a previous report, Rice told his Baltimore Ravens teammates that he was defending himself from Palmer. We’re guessing he told the NFL the same thing. Did the NFL do all it could to verify the information Rice gave them? Of course not. If TMZ can track down the video, Goodell and company certainly could have.

We know Goodell has been lying left and right since the you-know-what hit the fan. LB has already highlighted some of the lies the commissioner told during his interview with CBS. But why won’t he just say what Rice told the league? My guess is the story Rice gave is in no way believable. If Goodell gives up those details, the league will be scrutinized for buying it. That’s why he’s being so vague.

Eric Dickerson: Some high school teams could beat SMU

Eric-DickersonEric Dickerson is not very proud of his alma mater at the moment. Dickerson, the NFL record holder for most rushing yards in a single season, has watched Southern Methodist University lose its first two games of the season by a combined score of 88-6. On Saturday, SMU will take on No. 7 Texas A&M in a game that will almost certainly get ugly in a hurry.

During an interview with Shan and RJ on KRLD-FM Tuesday, Dickerson criticized SMU’s recruiting tactics and said he believes there are high school teams that could beat the Mustangs.

“In some instances there, I didn’t think they did enough to help the students get in,” he said, as transcribed by EJ Holland of The Dallas Morning News. “Recruiting is right there in Dallas. I mean, you have to make the students and their parents feel like they’re welcome. I’m talking about black athletes to come play at the university.

“It’s nothing against those kids because those kids are give their all, but I guarantee you there are some high schools around the country that could beat them. There is no doubt. They don’t have the talent to compete with Baylor or Texas A&M. They would get killed.”

SMU is located in Dallas, and they have virtually no chance recruiting against programs like Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Alabama. Despite that, the Mustangs were pretty successful in 2011 with an 8-5 campaign that included wins over TCU, UCF and Pittsburgh. Dickerson believes the opportunity for SMU has come and gone.

“I think we had a shot, but it’s gone,” he said. “I really do believe it’s gone. It’s like Texas and Alabama, those are big schools you can’t compete with. At one point, they were going to join the Big East. If I’m the Big East, if I’m the Big 12 or the Pac-10, I would look at SMU and ask ‘what do you have to offer us?’ You have 3,000 people that come to your football games. You’re winning maybe five games a year. What’s the appeal for us to want to split $12 million? There is no attraction. Yes, you are in Dallas, Texas, but that’s all you have. You can’t even compete.”

If you hear someone booing louder than everyone else at SMU’s next home game, that just might be Dickerson.

Jerry Jones sued by stripper Jana Weckerly for sexual assault

Jerry Jones boob grab

Remember the scandalous photos of Jerry Jones that went viral in August? They showed the Dallas Cowboys owner in sexual poses with a few women who were later identified as strippers. Though the photos are over five years old, the woman who claims she took the photos is suing Jones for alleged sexual assault.

The Dallas Morning News says the suit was filed on Monday. Here are some of the details of the allegations:

Jana Weckerly, 27, from Ardmore, Okla., said Jones fondled her genitals, forced her to touch or rub his penis, and required she watch as the 71-year-old Jones received oral sex from another woman. Weckerly is seeking more than $1 million in punitive damages.
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The lawsuit also alleges Jones conspired to cover up the incident by forcing Weckerly to sign an agreement to conceal the alleged assault.

Weckerly claims the assault occurred in the bathroom of a five-star hotel.

One has to wonder what took Weckerly so long to decide to file the charges. Her attorney Thomas Bowers said his client is in counseling and taking medicine to help her cope with trauma from the incident, which seems odd considering this took place five years ago. It seems pretty obvious that she is looking for a settlement and pay day out of Jerruh.

[Also see: Jerry Jones says pictures misrepresented him]

Carmelo Anthony thinks he influenced LeBron James to go back to Cleveland

LeBron-James-Carmelo-AnthonyYou know why LeBron James decided he wanted to return home to Cleveland and attempt to finish what he started? Carmelo Anthony inspired him. How do we know this? Carmelo said so.

During a recent chat with Michael Strahan for AdWeek, Anthony was asked if LeBron’s decision to return to the Cavaliers influenced him to re-sign with the New York Knicks.

“No. Honestly, I think it was the other way around,” he told Strahan. “I think he saw when I came back home to New York and saw the response and saw the reaction and saw how at peace I was when I came back home. … I’m pretty sure he looked at that moment and saw that that was a very special moment, and he had the opportunity to go back home himself and regain that love.”

That’s cute. Maybe I’m missing something, but I find the fact that Carmelo thinks his situation had an affect on LeBron’s to be pretty funny. Anthony was “at peace” when he returned home to New York because he was unhappy in Denver and wanted a shot at winning a championship. He thought the Knicks could give him that. LeBron is returning home to finish what he started, and if he didn’t have two championship rings already he probably wouldn’t have even gone back to Cleveland.

James returned to Cleveland because he wants to complete his legacy. He knows it is unlikely that he’s going to catch Jordan’s six rings, so now he has a chance to do something no player has ever done — come back to the place he betrayed and try to win a championship. Anthony’s story is nothing like that.

Oh, and let’s not forget that LeBron grew up in Akron, Ohio. Carmelo moved to Baltimore when he was a young boy and even has a tattoo that represents West Baltimore. He also had Orioles logos on his old car calls Baltimore his hometown on his charity website.

Again, it’s cute that ‘Melo thinks he played a role in the biggest story of the sports year.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Janay Palmer blames media, not Ray Rice, for pain and suffering

Ray Rice girlfriend fiancee Janay Palmer

When you see the video of Ray Rice hitting his wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious, it becomes very difficult to understand why she has been so supportive of him throughout the entire ordeal. Palmer was reportedly part of the reason Roger Goodell only suspended Rice for two games initially, as she pleaded with the NFL commissioner for a light punishment. On Tuesday morning, Palmer went on the offensive against the media.

“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend,” she wrote on Instagram, as transcribed by Deadspin. “But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare in itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted [opinions] from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret every day is a horrible thing. To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass of for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific.

“THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”

While many will admire the love that Palmer and Rice seem to have for one another, the way she has defended him almost makes you cringe. An argument is one thing. Heck, even if Rice shoved Palmer off of him to defend himself, the situation would be a bit different. The fact that he hit her and knocked her out and then dragged her out of the elevator like it was nothing is truly disturbing. Palmer shouldn’t be blaming the media for Rice losing his job.

H/T @WNEW