Roger Goodell thinks Roger Goodell got it right on Greg Hardy

AP

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took plenty of heat — and rightly so — for his handling of the Ray Rice case last year.

So it’s only natural that Goodell might be more satisfied with his performance now, after dropping a 10-game suspension on Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for last year’s domestic violence arrest.

Speaking in Chicago, Goodell expressed confidence the league had achieved the right result this time, after he admitted they got it wrong with Rice.

“Because of the process. Because we have the facts,” Goodell said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “We had the right people involved who were able to pull all the facts together, give us the kind of information that was necessary for us to make a decision that would reflect the values and the integrity of the league but also the personal conduct policy.”

Of course, the NFLPA disagrees, which is why they’ve already filed an appeal.

But Goodell’s operating from a bit more of a position of strength this time, after hiring a staff to investigate these things, rather than passively waiting for TMZ to deliver all the evidence anyone needed last time.

30 responses to “Roger Goodell thinks Roger Goodell got it right on Greg Hardy

  1. I’m still have no idea where the NFL rationalizes giving bigger suspensions for ANY KIND of drug use over domestic violence.
    I love my team and I enjoy the sport, but Goddell and his cronies are ruining this for me. Please leave now.

  2. Got it right? 4 incidents? He was only arrested once. RG also said he would have been suspended multiple games under the old policy. How? Under the old policy there was no investigation. One third of the time there was no suspension.

  3. Good to see logical voices is back; I was worried. On another note Roger be lovin him some Roger.

  4. The smart money is always betting on Goodell to get something wrong. His track record is huge tv deals and being a horrible manager who makes up rules as he goes along. He is so damn arbitrary that it’s frustrating to fans and probably team general managers as well.

  5. Goodell is right about Hardy, but if Hardy takes the NFL to court, he’ll win. Can’t apply new standards to previous infractions. But, Goodell has no choice but to put the new emphasis on this type of bad behavior. If it gets reduced on appeal or overturned, so be it.

  6. Too many fans boo and give a thumbs down with one hand while simultaneously handing the NFL their money with the other hand. #hypocrisy #thatllwork

  7. The NFL handed down a sentence on Hardy that neither a judge or a DA thought the evidence warranted. It what world is that the right decision?

    Lift the ban and let him play. You have no evidence he did anything wrong.

  8. Its not about being right… It’s about the perception of being right. When this sentence is reduced he can say he tried, but the big bad union under cut him.

  9. The NFL handed down a sentence on Hardy that neither a judge or a DA thought the evidence warranted. It what world is that the right decision?

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    Ummm, we’re talking about Greg Hardy, right? The bench judge found him guilty. In that case, in his state, it’s automatically appealed. The victim didn’t show at the jury trial because Hardy paid her off, so the charges were dropped. In comes Goodell’s investigation, with the former sex crimes prosecuter Goodell hired specifically for these type of offenses. Her report cited such obvious guilt that Goodell extended the mandated 6 gm suspension to 10. Please.

  10. The BIG NEWS is that Goddell has requested that the NFL GIVE UP ITS TAX EXEMPT STATUS. Why is this not front page news in the New York Times? The reasoning…because once the tax exempt status is given up, no NFL salaries will be available for public perusal….

  11. Ummm, we’re talking about Greg Hardy, right? The bench judge found him guilty. In that case, in his state, it’s automatically appealed. The victim didn’t show at the jury trial because Hardy paid her off, so the charges were dropped. In comes Goodell’s investigation, with the former sex crimes prosecuter Goodell hired specifically for these type of offenses. Her report cited such obvious guilt that Goodell extended the mandated 6 gm suspension to 10. Please.
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    The bench judge, a woman who is actively involved in domestic violence campaigns, looked at the evidence and heard the testimony from the witnesses. She gave Hardy 10 months PROBATION, and a 60 day (8 week) SUSPENDED sentence. In other words, she didn’t see or hear anything that warranted even jail time to her activist mind. The NFL looked at the photos and DID NOT hear the testimony and they gave him a 10 week sentence.

    The DA has to prosecute DV cases regardless if the victim is available or not. The DA didn’t prosecute because their was no evidence to support the charges and the testimony given was conflicting with “witness” accounts.

    The NFL is just trying to cover their rear ends because of all the flack from the Rice fiasco. Hardy is the sacrificial lamb for their new campaign against DV.

  12. What ever happened to the mandatory 6 game suspension rule for a first time domestic violence occurrence/conviction? When was that replaced with it’s ever Goodell determines?

  13. Why would anyone believe they “had the right people involved who were able to pull all the facts together, give us the kind of information that was necessary for us to make a decision that would reflect the values and the integrity of the league but also the personal conduct policy” when they have consistently FAILED so miserably in this regard before? What has changed? You have the same people doing the same jobs. Why would we believe they are better at it now? Or, is it more likely that they are just as bad as before but willing to spend any amount necessary to propagate their message of improvement to protect their image & jobs?!

  14. Evidence and testimony are not necessarily “facts.” There are always 2 sides to every story. I guess Goodell didn’t get the memo…

  15. thingamajig says:

    What ever happened to the mandatory 6 game suspension rule for a first time domestic violence occurrence/conviction? When was that replaced with it’s ever Goodell determines?
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    They pulled a little trick and are treating this as four separate violations. Although they haven’t exactly been explicit about the four violations.

  16. First of all no one is perfect. At least he is trying to hold the players accountable. Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, and Adrian Peterson got busted for domestic violence. They all got what they deserved. Had they kept their hands to themselves they would have never gotten in trouble.

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