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Bill Simmons blasts Roger Goodell, dares ESPN to punish him

Bill-SimmonsBill Simmons went off on Roger Goodell during his weekly podcast on Monday, labeling the NFL commissioner a liar and calling for him to step down. He then dared ESPN to reprimand him for his remarks.

Like many others, Simmons believes Goodell either saw the video of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer or knew exactly what was on the tape.

“I just think not enough is being made out of the fact that they knew about the tape and they knew what was on it,” Simmons said, as transcribed by Tony Manfred of Business Insider. “Goodell, if he didn’t know what was on that tape, he’s a liar. I’m just saying it. He is lying. I think that dude is lying. If you put him up on a lie detector test that guy would fail.

“For all these people to pretend they didn’t know is such f—ing bulls—. It really is, it’s such f—ing bulls—. And for him to go in that press conference and pretend otherwise, I was so insulted. I really was.”

Simmons then accused Goodell of being a hypocrite because he suspended Sean Payton for a full year over Bountygate despite Payton claiming he had no idea players were being paid to target opponents.

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Roger Goodell stumbles to answer domestic violence question (Video)

Roger Goodell read a prepared statement during his press conference on Friday and then answered questions using lines given to him by PR people/crisis management firms. The result was a boring, insincere press conference where many of the exact same lines and phrases were repeated.

However, there was one point where Goodell got thrown off by a question and stumbled to answer it.

“Was there something about domestic violence crimes that made it more difficult for you to adjudicate?” the commissioner was asked.

Goodell then fumbled through his mental rolodex of prepared answers before arriving at the one he had been taught to use.

“Well I think the policy itself was, again, not up to standards. The standard of discipline for that was way below where it should be.”

Great answer, Rog. Way to fail to take responsibility for your screwups. Just blame it on a policy. I’m surprised it took him that long before he remembered his scripted answer. Clearly he was thrown off because he had no good answer for it.

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The NFL’s fear was evident throughout the press conference and was punctuated when they called an abrupt ending to it following another tough question.

Ray Rice reportedly told Roger Goodell he hit Janay Palmer in face

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appears to have been caught in another lie regarding the Ray Rice situation.

ESPN’s Outside the Lines reports that the former Baltimore Ravens running back told the commissioner in their June 16 meeting that he hit wife Janay Palmer in the face. That contradicts Goodell’s assertion that he was unclear about what happened inside the Revel hotel elevator where the punch occurred.

“When we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened,” Goodell said as part of his statement.

Three sources told ESPN there was no ambiguity about what Rice told the commissioner, while another source said Rice told Goodell he “slapped” Janay in the face.

In an interview with CBS News, Goodell said this week he did not know what happened in the elevator until seeing it on video Monday. Contrarily, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome said this week Rice told him what happened inside the elevator. What Rice told him seemed to match with the video.

On the other side supporting Goodell, NFL reporter Mike Freeman says multiple sources told him Rice softened what happened in the elevator in his meeting with Goodell.

Even though a grand jury increased charges to a third degree aggravated assault, charges against Rice were dropped and he was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program. That combined with Rice’s previously clean record and a plea from Janay are reasons why Goodell only suspended Rice two games.

Roger Goodell unlikely to be fired by NFL owners?

Roger GoodellMany media members and fans are dying to see Roger Goodell’s head served face up on a platter complete with an apple stuffed in his mouth, but it doesn’t look like that will happen.

Goodell is employed by the 32 NFL owners and has been since 2006. TheMMQB.com’s Peter King says the owners think very highly of Goodell and are extremely happy with the revenues they are seeing under his watch.

Take this quote offered up by King:

“I am starting to get a sick feeling about how out of control this is getting,” one owner told King on Monday night. “But I am standing by Roger. He has been great for our league.”

Goodell also supposedly talked with many of the owners a few weeks ago and told them he never saw the Ray Rice elevator video. That was after the league announced a stricter policy for domestic violence offenders.

Unless the league’s “independent” investigation proves that Goodell blatantly lied and engaged in a cover-up — and remember, the investigation is being overseen by two of the league’s owners — the man will probably keep his job. That’s what we’re banking on. The league is probably thinking the “investigation” will give the public enough of a bone to have them quiet down, allowing this issue to cool down. By the time the findings are released, all the anger towards Goodell will have dissipated to the point he’ll be allowed to keep his job. He’ll still be disliked, but at least the rage will be gone. I guarantee you that’s what the league is thinking.

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

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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.”

James Harrison having a ball over the heat on Roger Goodell

James-Harrison-Says-Kyle-Orton-Talks-TrashJames Harrison was once the most-fined players in the NFL. Roger Goodell was his constant nemesis. Now that Goodell finds himself in the middle of a scandal with nothing but negative attention on him, the former Steelers linebacker is loving how the tables have turned.

Check out some of the tweets Harrison sent on Wednesday:

Harrison then went on to say that the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement gave Goodell too much power and that’s why his Steelers didn’t approve it.

Rest assured that Harrison isn’t the only one enjoying the heat on the commish. Here’s 49ers lineman Anthony Davis:

NFL was sent Ray Rice tape in April and employee watched it

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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.