UPDATE 9/10/2014; An unknown law enforcement officer said the league received a copy of the elevator video some 5 months ago and produced an audio containing confirmation from the league that they indeed received it.
Giants owner Mara & Art Rooney now to investigate Roger Goodell.
The NFL says former FBI director Mueller will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.(AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) The Associated Press
Roger Goodell’s $44.2 million dollar job in jeopardy. Will he resign or be forced out over RiceGate.
The NFL has $10 billion in revenue yearly. A number protected to climb to $25 billion.
RAY RICE was with the Baltimore ravens for seven years as a running back; Yesterday his $9+ million dollar contract was abruptly terminated .
After TMZ released the elevator video of Ray Rice hitting Janay Palmer-Rice the media had a field day, going into overdrive.
The Baltimore ravens cut RICE and the NFL released a statement that he has been suspended indefinitely and that no negotiations with any team will be sanctioned – until further notice.
Today Janay Rice took to instagram to make a Statement:
“I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I’m mourning the death of my closest friend. But to have to accept the fact that it’s reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing.”
“To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don’t you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you’ve succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!”
There remains those who say she is in denial.
There remain those who take up the domestic violence issue making her the star.
Janay Palmer-Rice wants neither.
JERSEY RECALL PROGRAM;
TodayThe Baltimore Ravens also announced they are holding a football Jersey exchange program in an effort to distance themselves from rice and quell it’s female and family fans:
Ray Rice Jersey exchange program details.
In addition; EA (electronic arts) announced that they will be removing Ray Rice from it’s popular Madden ’15 NFL game.
The NFL continued to state that they never saw the Elevator tape, something that has been questioned by the media:
“Security for Atlantic City casinos is handled by the New Jersey State Police. Any videos related to an ongoing criminal investigation are held in the custody of the state police. As we said yesterday: We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us.”
The New Jersey district attorney’s office has said it would have been illegal for the NFL to have had the tape due to Ann ongoing investigation at the time.
The casino is closing down and TMZ bought the video.
MODELL’S PULLS MERCHANDISE from stores and website:
Ray Rice merchandise was pulled from store locations and the website, said Modell’s spokesman Jason Karlowski.
The chain has more than 150 stores in the Northeast, according to its website.
Karlowski said the last player whose merchandise Modell’s stopped selling was the New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez, who was indicted this year on three murder charges.
Will Rice ever be forgiven? Only time will tell. The price has been high for this indiscretion.
Rice will have to request reinstatement from the league front office if he wants to continue to play in the future, however Commissioner Roger Goodell himself has come under fire for his handling of the case indicating there probably won’t be a resolution anytime soon.
In this CNN interview Stephen A. Smith states his thoughts on Roger Goodell and whether or not he should keep his job.