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NFL Commish Roger Goodell responds to the Mueller Report

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By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: January 8th, 2015 at 4:28 PM EST

Former FBI director Robert Mueller determined that the NFL never saw the Ray Rice elevator video. That was before TMZ Sports broke the video in September.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was criticized a lot for the way the league handled the situation. He gave Rice a two-game suspension at first, before giving him an indefinite suspension.

Roger Goodell (Getty Images)

Roger Goodell (Getty Images)

But in December, Rice won his appeal on the indefinite suspension. This caused him to be able to sign with any team, but no team, as of yet, took the gamble to sign him.

Goodell has made his first comments, which are below, following the Mueller Report.

“We are grateful to Director Mueller for conducting an extremely thorough and detailed investigation, and we accept his findings and recommendations. I want to express my appreciation to John Mara and Art Rooney for their leadership. Director Mueller made a series of very constructive observations and recommendations regarding our prior investigatory procedures. We have already addressed many of these points in the revisions to the Personal Conduct Policy that were announced last month. I look forward to reviewing these recommendations with the league’s new Conduct Committee chaired by Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill.”

“While this investigation has now concluded, our focus on the underlying issues and our commitment to positive change remain as strong as ever. We have all learned a great deal in the past months and expect to be judged by how we lead going forward on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault.”

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