Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

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Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a minute to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday perfectionist “the top turn of transparency” concerning how a joining investigated a Ray Rice domestic assault incident.

Goodell done pure in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his pursuit is in jeopardy.

But clearly his doing of a Rice domestic assault emanate is not going divided and is suggestive of a feverishness Congress and a House have increasing on Goodell over changing a descent inlet of a Washington Redskins group name.

In propinquity to a distinguished Revel Casino conveyor video display Rice distinguished his then-fiance (now wife) Janay Palmer on Feb. 15, Wednesday’s minute hammered with a central Congress of a United States House of Representative letterhead demanded that Goodell exhibit some-more about a league’s inquisitive efforts to obtain a video acquired and aired by a TMZ website.

The minute pronounced domestic assault “unfortunately impacts each turn of a multitude … and a veteran sports leagues are critical mercantile and informative institutions in a United States and we are meddlesome in a demeanour in that these leagues hoop occurrence of domestic assault by their players, owners and other employees.”

The Judiciary cabinet Democrats did not let Goodell off a offshoot notwithstanding his open comments Tuesday night, observant a joining attempted to strech out around law coercion though was denied entrance to a conveyor video.

“Thus for example, while we know that we have settled in an talk yesterday on seductiveness of a NFL that, ‘We insincere that there was a video, we asked for a video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, though we were never postulated that opportunity,’ to a trust a open has not been sensitive as to privately how and in what context a ask was made,” a minute said. “And privately how applicable law coercion responded. Nor has there been a full reason as to either a video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice’s profession or a casino where a occurrence occurred (and if not, because not), or either any employees, agents, or consultants of a joining or any of a teams outward of your bureau had entrance to a video before to Sep 8. We therefore titillate larger clarity and explanations on these matters.”

The minute went on to regard Goodell for his “willingness to change a NFL’s policies per issues of domestic violence,” adding, “We also trust other vital veteran sports leagues should cruise creation their policies open and reviews pure as well.”

The minute resolved by observant a House Judiciary Committee Democrats demeanour brazen to operative with a NFL and other vital veteran sports leagues “so that we can all attend in a bid to revoke incidents of domestic violence, boost clarity in their examination and improved respond to those cases that unfortunately do occur.”

The minute was sealed by authority John Conyers and 11 other Democrats and also sent to a commissioners of a National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball and a National Basketball Association.

FULL COPY OF CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO ROGER GOODELL

Dear Commissioner Goodell:

We write concerning a critical emanate of domestic violence, that unfortunately impacts each turn of a society, and that we contingency find ways to fight comprehensively. Our veteran sports leagues are critical mercantile and informative institutions in a United States and we are meddlesome in a demeanour in that these leagues hoop incidents of domestic assault by their players, owners, and other employees. We trust that these high-profile veteran leagues are, in many ways, in a position of open trust and should be during a forefront of doing such incidents appropriately.

With this year imprinting a 20th anniversary of a dramatization of a Violence Against Women Act, we all commend that this emanate requires strengthened and postulated efforts by individuals, organizations, and government. Of course, we are quite endangered about information that has come to light about a perpetration of domestic assault by one of a NFL’s players, Ray Rice, opposite his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an conveyor during a Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Feb 15, 2014.

Given a critical purpose a NFL and a other vital veteran sports leagues can play in moulding open perceptions concerning domestic violence, it would seem to be in a open seductiveness to have a top turn of clarity compared with reviews of intensity misconduct.

Thus for example, while we know that we have settled in an talk yesterday on seductiveness of a NFL that, “We insincere that there was a video, we asked for a video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, though we were never postulated that opportunity,” to a trust a open has not been sensitive as to privately how and in what context a ask was made, and privately how applicable law coercion responded. Nor has there been a full reason as to either a video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice’s profession or a casino where a occurrence occurred (and if not, because not), or either any employees, agents, or consultants of a joining or any of a teams outward of your bureau had entrance to a video before to Sep 8. We therefore titillate larger clarity and explanations of these matters.

We acquire your new eagerness to change a NFL’s policies per issues of domestic violence, and we also trust other vital veteran sports leagues should cruise creation their policies open and reviews pure as well. We demeanour brazen to operative with we and all of a vital veteran sports leagues so that we can all attend in a bid to revoke incidents of domestic violence, boost clarity in their review, and improved respond to those cases that unfortunately do occur.

Sincerely,

Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (La.)
Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (Ga.)
Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)
Rep. Judy Chu (Calif.)
Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)
Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (Wash.)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.)

cc: CC: The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Committee on a Judiciary; Mr. Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Mr. Don Garber, commissioner, Major League Soccer; Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner, Major League Baseball; Mr. Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association

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