NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the appointment Thursday after consulting with DeMaurice Smith, the players’ union executive director.
New information has been revealed on who at the NFL allegedly received the infamous video of Ray Rice punching his fiancée.
Richard Craig Smith will look at how the NFL and the Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline, as well as look at the conduct of the league office and the team.
Here are the top 15 top reactions from the sports world, sports fans and hardcore critics to Steve Bisiotti’s press conference.
Jerry Recco’s update covered all of the important bases, but first Boomer and Craig discussed the manner in which ESPN handled the Ray Rice text exchange.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
By the time the typical player signs an NFL contract, around 100 scouts, coaches and general managers have pored over his history.
A former teammate of Rice’s, Lewis addressed the report suggesting that the Ravens knew more about Rice’s alleged assault of his then-fiance than they have led on in previous weeks.
More than 7,000 fans turned out Friday and Saturday to swap their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Ravens players during a two-day event at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
“Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said. “That starts with me.”
A published report Friday claimed that Baltimore Ravens team executives knew about the details of the domestic violence incident Ray Rice and his now-wife Janay Rice not long after it happened.
Christie, who worked with the commissioner during the lead-up to the Super Bowl, said Goodell should not be judged solely on his error in the Ray Rice case.
“Nobody’s perfect,” Vick said. “Nobody can make the correct decisions right then and there on the spot when faced with all forms of adversity.”
Fans and sponsors are still paying and and will likely continue to do so “unless or until those folks think that this is a chronic problem,” said David Carter, who heads the Sports Business Institute at the University of Southern California.
What would George say about the NFL and its critics, the gruesomely physical league’s criminals and many of their equally impure, sanctimonious fans?