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Roger Goodell Blames NFL Personal Conduct Policy For His Failings On Domestic Abuse

In a horrible 45-minute press conference Friday, Roger Goodell refused to take any responsibility for the outrageous handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, held a disastrous 45-minute press conference on the recent flurry of domestic abuse activity in the NFL and why he and the league have failed so badly. Goodell came off throughout the presser as robotic and unemotional while holding back crucial details. He didn't give any explanations about the thought process behind the original two-game suspension for Ray Rice and when he was called on his own failings by a reporter to address these domestic abuse issues, he blamed the NFL Personal Conduct Policy for tying his hands. This is the man that suspended New Orleans coach Sean Payton for a year in the bounty gate scandal without proper guidelines:

"We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game. We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities," said Goodell...

At the time, Goodell told Payton that ignorance of the pay to injure program was not a suitable defense.

Check out how Goodell refuses to answer the question posed by Dan Grazziano.

Grazziano: Was there anything about domestic abuse crimes, these specific ones that made it more difficult to adjudicate?

Goodell: Well I think the policy itself was again not up to standards. the standard disciple for that was way below what it should be and when we saw the first video it was horrifying, and we went to the process and we disciplined consistent with that policy.

In reading the NFL policy I've found online, I don't understand how Goodell could blame his lame responses and penalty to Ray Rice on it.


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