In the aftermath of Friday’s ESPN report regarding the alleged mishandling of the Ray Rice investigation, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti met for 47 minutes with the media to answer many questions about the report and the investigation.
Informed that a Forbes article has raised the possibility of Bisciotti being forced to sell the team, Bisciotti said, “If they force me to sell, then I guess I’ll sell.”
He then added that, because he doesn’t work very hard as owner of the team, he really wouldn’t have a major void in his life.
Bisciott’s version of the situation, as articulated at the press conference and set forth in the the lengthy statement from the team, could be interpreted as Bisciotti believing that he did nothing that would justify a decision to force him to sell the team. Ultimately, the decision regarding what the Ravens knew, when they knew it, and what if anything they did wrong will be made by former FBI director Robert Mueller, who is conducting an investigation of the entire situation.
And that’s when things could get even more interesting. If Bisciotti disputes Mueller’s version of the events, will Bisciotti change his mind regarding whether any employees of the team should no longer be employees of the team? Or will Bisciotti dispute Mueller’s report the same way Bisciotti disputed the ESPN report?
That’s an angle that, like so many other issues in this situation, the NFL and the Ravens possibly haven’t thought all the way through. Are the league office and the Ravens prepared to accept Mueller’s conclusion, or will they reserve the right to disagree, like Goodell did when former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue overturned the suspensions imposed by Goodell in the Saints bounty scandal?
Ultimately, Mueller’s investigation could result in many eye-opening conclusions. At this point, nothing should be ruled out.
Included a possible decision by ownership that Bisciotti should sell the team. If that happens, it sounds like he’ll go more quietly than Donald Sterling did.