Roger Goodell will testify in Ray Rice appeal hearing

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The first skirmish in the Ray Rice appeal hearing has resulted in a big victory for Rice and the NFL Players Association — and a potentially costly loss for the league office and Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Per a league source (and as multiple others are reporting as the news is leaked to multiple reporters), former U.S. Judge Barbara S. Jones has decided that Goodell should testify at the hearing.

It’s so obvious that Goodell should testify in a case that hinges on whether Ray Rice lied to Goodell that it’s surprising the league resisted.  It makes Goodell and the league look like they have something to hide, at a time when the NFL is trying to create the impression of transparency.

Then again, lawyers representing a large company typically try to shield the chief executive from testifying.  While it often happens because the chief executive actually has something to hide or lacks the ability to engage in effective verbal fencing with a skilled trial lawyer, folks who are used to having a lot of power typically don’t like submitting to someone else’s authority.

Goodell now will be submitting to the authority of Judge Jones — and answering potentially hostile questions from Rice’s lawyer.

The transcript of Goodell’s testimony, along with the rest of the evidence generated in the Rice appeal process, also will (or at least should) become part of the official investigation conducted by former FBI director Robert Mueller.  Anything Goodell says while testifying in the Rice appeal hearing should be compared to anything he said to Mueller for evidence of any inconsistencies.

With multiple owners reportedly taking a wait-and-see approach to Goodell’s employment status based on the outcome of the Mueller investigation, Goodell’s performance while testifying in the Rice appeal could, in theory, influence whether he’ll remain on the job.  He’ll need to be more direct and responsive before Judge Jones than he was during his September 19 press conference — and during his testimony in the Super Bowl ticket case.

39 responses to “Roger Goodell will testify in Ray Rice appeal hearing

  1. In the words of Agent Smith… “Good bye, Mr. Goodell”

    Thumbs up for a new commish.

  2. Guess this is why the “independent” Mueller investigation that should have taken about 2 weeks will ultimately take a year.

  3. Good! They can ask him about the Spygate tapes and the 50,000 pages of evidence that he used as justification to punish the Saints for “Bountygate” and every other thing he has gotten away with since becoming Commisioner by simply saying, “Because I said so!” The Ray Rice situation is far from being his only transgression. Y

  4. Will Roger be asked to tell the truth and nothing but the truth? Is it possible for him to face a lie detector?
    That would be high rating NFL TV.

  5. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you’re cloven hoofed God?

  6. Poor Roger… What’s he going to do with all his free time, and the $50 million he’s made per year, as the commish, up to this point? I feel so bad that he’s on the hot seat.

  7. He’ll testify – AS HE SHOULD. There’s absolutely no justification to exclude him, and the NFL should not have tried to exclude him.

    When he testifies, he needs to be straightforward and just clearly answer the questions. If he diverts into legalize and semantics to avoid questions again, as he did a few months back, he should be fired.

  8. I hope this judge gets tough on this clown Goodell’s BS answers he loves to give while testifying. In the case of the Cowboys Super Bowl seating debacle, he usually gives such answers as i dont remember, i dont recall, im not sure what u mean, i already answered that when he didnt.

  9. Let’s hope Goodell goes down in flames. No other commissioner in the history of pro football has been so loathed.

    It would not surprise me if he takes an Alberto Gonzales approach to his testimony and has sudden amnesia to all the relevant facts that point to his direct malfeasance. He seems like a typical everyone’s fault but mine type.

  10. I am curious if he will stick with the obvious and amateurish lies they tried to sell everyone earlier or if he will change his story. And if he does change his story – will he still be lying or will he finally tell the obvious truths?

  11. Goodell wanted to be the big dog and hand down his justice without any checks or balances. Now he has to sleep in the bed of his own creation and, while I usually don’t care about these things, I hope he gets slapped down as hard as he has slapped others with his own brand of unchecked justice.

  12. I don’t think Roger Goodell is going anywhere…

    and whatever comes out of his testimony will make Ray Rice and the Ravens Front Office look worse…

  13. This would draw super bowl type ratings , oj trial viewership , if aired live on NFL network. The owners should look to capitalize and sell new advertising and sponsorship, because it’s all about the money.

  14. Does Goodell face sanctions if he either A) chooses to refuse the compel or B) is found to have lied at any point? That’s what I’d like to know.

    Either way, buckle up. This is just heating up

  15. You think he is worried about money? A new job? His future? If so, I got a bridge to sell you.

  16. thegreatgabbert says:
    Oct 22, 2014 10:37 PM
    Goodell is smarter and more ethical than all of the people lined up against him COMBINED.

    Particularly turds like Rice and De Smith.


    He may be, I don’t know, but he certainly is as equally as guilty as his own crimes as Rice is of his.Goodell just have millionare owners backing him as long as he greases their wheels. Remember when he was guilty of collusion and never had to answer for it, enforcing a “rule” that did not exist?

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