The NFL has been caught lying by a law enforcement source, and the latest development will likely be enough to cost Commissioner Roger Goodell his job.
The Associated Press confirmed that a law enforcement source sent video of Ray Rice punching his wife inside an elevator to the NFL in April. This conflicts with the league’s insistence that the video was not made available to them and that nobody in the league office had seen it.
The AP says the source sent the league the video because he wanted them to have it before deciding on Ray Rice’s punishment. The AP reports the source played them a 12-second voicemail indicating a female at the league’s office received the video and watched it.
“You’re right. It’s terrible,” the female voice says in the voicemail, according to the AP.
In an interview with CBS News, Goodell said they asked law enforcement for the video but never received it.
“We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell said.
Goodell also insisted that to his knowledge, nobody in the league office had seen the video. He obviously was wrong.
Here is the NFL’s response to the report.
“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”
We have been saying all along that the NFL was lying about whether they had seen the video. We told you there was mounting evidence pointing to an NFL cover-up. We told you Roger Goodell was lying in his interview with CBS News. We were right.
Let this be another lesson that the cover-up is always worse than the crime.