DURING THE interview with Norah O’Donnell of CBS, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell looked so uncomfortable that I thought he was going to flee the scene. If the AP report is accurate, the NFL had the tape a long time ago, as so many have suspected.
A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive three months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week.
The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: “You’re right. It’s terrible.”
The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can’t confirm anyone watched the video.
There is still no evidence that Roger Goodell saw the tape, but considering the NFL had it, pleading you didn’t see it until this week is professional malpractice and also very unlike how Goodell has reacted on other issues of league misconduct.
Picture Roger Goodell walking around NFL headquarters with hands over his face every time he passes someone’s office, because one thing is for sure, Goodell sure didn’t work very hard to investigate why Janay (Palmer) Rice was dragged out of the elevator unconscious in the first place.
Goodell begged off an event to honor Panthers owner Jerry Richardson who will get a humanitarian award, because if he’d shown up the paparazzi would have overwhelmed security.
ESPN’s Keith Olbermann has been calling for Roger Goodell to be fired since the tape surfaced. He’s been on fire this week.