NFL reiterates they are “not aware” of anyone seeing video, will “look into” AP report

AP

The NFL’s claim that no one associated with the league office saw the video of Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator before TMZ released it on Monday appeared to take a serious hit on Wednesday afternoon when the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official sent a copy of the video to the league well before they handed down Rice’s initial suspension.

That law enforcement official went on to play a voicemail that came from a number in the NFL office confirming its receipt and that the contents were “terrible.” The league quickly issued a statement in response reiterating the stance that Commissioner Roger Goodell took in multiple interviews.

“We have no knowledge of this. We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”

There is sure to be more to come about a story that appears to be getting worse and worse for Goodell and the NFL.

104 responses to “NFL reiterates they are “not aware” of anyone seeing video, will “look into” AP report

  1. How do you back-up a lie?? More lies. Cyah Roger. Canada is waiting. Don’t let the door hit ya! At least one positive comes out of the Rice situation.

  2. I’m “not aware” of any factual statements coming from the NFL in the past 72 hours. This sounds alot like, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” The NFL is asking for clarification of exactly what “seeing video” means legally.

  3. Deny, deny, deny… Nobody believes Goodell or anyone in the league office. They’ve lost all credibility with the public.

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Sep 10, 2014 5:26 PM

    Boycott the NFL until Goodell resigns.
    =====================================
    No. I’d be more likely to stop watching from the rule changes than this.

  5. These guys are starting to sound like an Andy Reid press conference.

    “I’m not aware of it. I gotta do a better job. I dropped the ball on this. It’s on me. Time’s yours.”

  6. As usual, the coverup will prove worse than the crime of not admitting you made a mistake. Goodell should go.

  7. nflfollower says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:30 PM
    They will pay some underling handsomely to say they recieved the video and didnt show it to their bosses.
    —–

    You can’t do that in the world of social media anymore. Too many electrical footprints. He’s effed!

  8. After issuing his Ray Rice “punishment” of a 2 game suspension, it’s too bad dictator Goodell couldn’t just destroy all the evidence like he did after he issued his ruling in Spygate. Then he could have avoided anyone looking into his sorry ass ruling like he did with New England Patriots cheating Super Bowl wins. You’re drunk on power Roger and you’re finally getting slapped down.

    “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”
    Spiderman

  9. This might sound crazy. But, is there a chance that the person at the NFL office heard saying on the voicmail that the video is “terrible” turned around and sold it to TMZ without ever turning it over to the NFL officials it was intended for?

  10. How long will Goodell continue to play dumb….?

    Everyone knew that the NFL saw the video and now that is pretty much confirmed.

    We still want Goodell to answer … WHY LIE DID HE LIE ABOUT THE NFL SEEING THE PUNCH VIDEO?

  11. WOMEN EVERYWHERE SHOULD BOYCOTT THE NFL UNTIL HE’S GONE!!!!

    You’re not worth 2 seconds of his time. Fact.

  12. The question is ” Is the fat lady ready to sing turn out the lights, the party is over ” we could use Dandy Don today. Bill

  13. @flannlv says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:26 PM
    NFL owners–do you still think Goodell is doing an “excellent job”?

    We think he needs to step down!

  14. @bucsorbust says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:31 PM
    “Not aware” and “will look into” sounds like code for “OMG!”

    ————-

    I know. I use the same language at work every day!!!!

  15. Well at least we can take comfort knowing that the NFL office is going to “look into” the NFL office.
    SMH

  16. The hunt for a league scapegoat begins. Doubt it’s Goodell on that tape confirming receipt of the video and saying, “Terrible.” That person, once identified, is probably about to be unemployed.

  17. NFL integrity is SHOT until he’s gone!!

    Was there video of Ben that was ignored to protect the Shield?

    Was there video of Hardy?

    Was there more video of Riley Cooper??

    If you can’t believe your leader, you have no choice but to FIRE HIM!! Fans MUST BE ABLE TO TRUST THE PRODUCT!!

    Otherwise, you have the WWF.

    Love it!! Goodbye football killer.

    Hire Cuban!

  18. Amazing how at first he will give a woman beater a break even after possibly watching the video.
    Then again, what else can you expect from a man who has the stupid idea to start an NFL team in London.

  19. Wow. This commissioner is a disgrace.

    Even if Goodell didn’t see the video, if someone under him saw the video then he needs to go.
    Just as when Sean Payton was suspended for a coach under him with the whole bounty facade.
    If it’s under your roof, you’re responsible.

    I knew when the whole made up bounty fiasco was happening that Goodell was not a man of integrity but rather of personal motivation.
    It’s funny how things have a way of making their way back.

    Time to eat your own words Roger.

  20. Roger turns over every stone to try and validate his Bountygate and look real tough but doesn’t ask the casino for elevator video…C’mon!!!
    He’s toast. Bring back Tagliabue

  21. As Goodell told Sean Payton: “If you didn’t know, you should have known.” Time to pay the piper, Goodell.

  22. Is there video of Irsay????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    You can’t believe a word out of this guy’s mouth anymore. When that happens, the Shield is sullied and a change MUST be made.

    The owners have NO choice!!!!! They are sacrificing the integrity of their product keeping him.

  23. Because Goodell and his 32 bosses are in this together, (Goodell will not be fired) their concern
    is Ray’s future lawsuit and Congress getting involved. If the latter happens Goodell may not be safe and the League could see independent oversight. No more Owner/Commish insulation and/or collusion.

  24. Is getting to the bottom of “who knew what at the NFL offices” really the story here?

    Rice, the scumbag, is the story. Lets not forget what that idiot did and then lied about. You can hate on Goodell all you want, but at the end of the day the NFL got it right and Rice is where he belongs.

    How come the media is not taking up the story about why the prosecutors agreed to the plea deal for Rice based on the video?

    The media is absolutely out of control once again.

  25. darkhornet79 says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:39 PM
    As Goodell told Sean Payton: “If you didn’t know, you should have known.” Time to pay the piper, Goodell.
    —————————————

    That’s true.

    I don’t personally believe Goodell knew, only because nobody’s that stupid not to think that tape would get out, plus, why protect Ray Rice?

    I do believe that other NFL people saw it and did not pass it on to Goodell.

  26. “I’ve never heard so many lies in my whole entire life, unless I was the one tellin’ ’em.”

    -“Rowdy” Roddy Piper

  27. Ah, America continues its slide into the abyss. The LAW which is presided over by the judges, prosecutors and detectives that we appoint and hire, sentenced this guy to first time offender counseling with a possibility of the felony being expunged after a year. The LAW. But, it’s outrageous that his employer, who can only do what is agreed upon in an agreed upon CBA is vilified for not punishing him more than the rules set forth by the legal system. Proportional response people. This isn’t a league failure concerning the game, this was what due process entails. Hopefully no one gets fired from their job for getting a speeding ticket or a disturbance for your dog barking. I’m sure your boss won’t step down because you were a nuisance to your neighbors. You folks just want Goodell gone because he’s “ruining” a game that you continue to follow despite your protests. Separate life from sports dudes.

  28. Everybody posting boycott the NFL will be in front of their t.v.’s watching the games Sunday. Don’t even try to deny it.

    I doubt the owners act on this at all. We’ll all call it a “black eye” for the league but we’ll all forget about it by November. If people really want Goodell gone, they need to actually not watch the games on Sunday. That’s the only way the owners will fire him. But even if the NFL lost millions of viewers they’d still by far be the most watched thing on t.v. Cuban may be right one day but that day won’t be coming for decades.

  29. Goodell’s biggest tests have been Bountygate and now Ray Ricegate. He failed both. (Plus he wants to take a team to London.) He seriously must go!!!

  30. The Steelers are Marching. 7 rings. SFL 2015: restoring the game we created. says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:49 PM
    This is a prime opportunity to purge the league of its recent impurities and reestablish our game with respect and integrity. Remember when tackling was legal? Remember when a QB would hand the ball to the HB? Remember our game?
    —————-
    100000% agree. Hopefully the fans recognize this and take this opportunity by the horns.

  31. Roger Dodger was too busy handing out fines and suspensions to be bothered with watching knockout videos… not to mention that violent practice of tackling in the NFL.

  32. just like the catholic church the nfl thought it was so big powerful. it was safe from anything. the arrogance it always the coverup that gets these people in trouble. just admit you did something wrong. these cultures just can t say accept blame. it always someone else fault. they are going to throw someone else under the bus blame them for not letting people up the food chain know about video.. no chance fans boycott nfl if anything fans will support it more. boycott of sponsors yes . nfl no chance

  33. I’m not buying it. The man is not that dumb. I don’t believe that he would make these denials knowing full well that he would be called out. No one is that naïve.

  34. I cared about this story right up to the point Janay began to defend Rice!

    Goodell seems to be getting more grief than Ray Rice is, but then again it is only Wednesday. Thursday night football will dominate the headlines and this will be nothing else than a back-page story. Come Sunday we will all be checking fantasy stats and watching football!

    If the people involved are over it, why are we more clingy than a high school girl who just lost her virginity?

  35. Digging deeper and deeper. All to explain a 2 game suspension. He could have just went hard core and suspended indefinitely from day one and none of this would matter.

  36. campcouch says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:52 PM
    Ah, America continues its slide into the abyss. The LAW which is presided over by the judges, prosecutors and detectives that we appoint and hire, sentenced this guy to first time offender counseling with a possibility of the felony being expunged after a year. The LAW. But, it’s outrageous that his employer, who can only do what is agreed upon in an agreed upon CBA is vilified for not punishing him more than the rules set forth by the legal system. Proportional response people. This isn’t a league failure concerning the game, this was what due process entails. Hopefully no one gets fired from their job for getting a speeding ticket or a disturbance for your dog barking. I’m sure your boss won’t step down because you were a nuisance to your neighbors. You folks just want Goodell gone because he’s “ruining” a game that you continue to follow despite your protests. Separate life from sports dudes.

    ——–

    If a video is released on youtube of a guy punching his wife out, that guy is getting fired if his employer see’s it. End of story. It’s not a speeding ticket. The NFL is way more lenient than any other employer I am aware of.

  37. Goodell isn’t going anywhere, the Buffalo Bills just sold for over a billion dollars. That is what the owners care about, their income and franchise value. Yes it would be nice if Goodell didn’t completely screw this up, but it won’t impact the owners bottom line, so his job is probably safe.

    I’m still not exactly sure how this video changes anything about the incident based on what was released earlier. The league had already screwed up royally by suspending him only two games, based purely on what had been released publicly at the time.

    Based on what had been released on now the video, clearly both parties were involved in both verbal and minor physical altercations before Ray knocked out Janay. Ray was reactionary when he knocked out Janay, but used excessive force and while not in any physical danger. The only thing that was confirmed to be new is that Ray was the aggressor at times during the fight too, but it would be pretty unbelievable to not have already thought that to be the case.

  38. If I`m low man on the totem pole at NFL headquarters, I`m freshening up my resume`. Someone `s going to take the fall for Sir Roger.

  39. Based on his ruling on the Saints’ Bounty Scandal, Goodell is 100% responsible. That is why bosses get paid more than their employees. If something bad happens, their boss is liable. While it would be unfortunate if someone indeed forget to deliver this to Goodell, we have to use common sense.

    Common sense being looking at the out of elevator video. While what happened inside was vicious and shocking to me, we all knew she got knocked out somehow in the elevator.

  40. mvp43 says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:46 PM
    darkhornet79 says:
    Sep 10, 2014 5:39 PM
    As Goodell told Sean Payton: “If you didn’t know, you should have known.” Time to pay the piper, Goodell.
    —————————————

    That’s true.

    I don’t personally believe Goodell knew, only because nobody’s that stupid not to think that tape would get out, plus, why protect Ray Rice?

    I do believe that other NFL people saw it and did not pass it on to Goodell.

    —————–

    I don’t see the distinction. Goodell is in charge. If his employee saw it and didn’t pass it on, that’s also his problem.

  41. God-del sad today he is accountable ,well time for fans to voice their displeasure and stop going to games. I bet that gets the owners attention.

  42. I always find it amazing that when executives screw up, they always clain ignorance. And make al kinds of excuses, trying to shift blame. How could anyone conclude an investigation without exhausting all legal means of obtaining this video, including filing a law suit via NFL’s herds of lawyers? Thought that why they make the big bucks, but obviously I was mistaken.

    But when a working level person screws up, he is hit with a sledge hammer, and shown absolutely no mercy. That person deserved it for being so dumb.

  43. Roger is soon going to learn that “protecting the shield at all costs” looks a WHOLE lot different from the other side of the shield.

  44. So…..

    I think we’re at the part where they’re trying to figure out which exec and secretary takes the fall.

    There’s no way a secretary would open an unknown package and viewed the contents.

    But her boss sure would….

  45. leatherface2012 says:
    Sep 10, 2014 7:48 PM
    the more you lie, the harder it is to cover it up. just ask obama
    —————————————————

    Maybe you should ask the previous president and his half-dead stooge DICK, since you want to be political. Congrats, you get the LIV prize of the day. What’s LIV, you wonder? Low Information Voter!!
    To collect your prize, please log off and wait for it. Have a nice day!

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