NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has come under fire for his apparent mishandling of the Ray Rice domestic violence situation, which has launched the NFL into having an "independent" investigation into how the NFL handled the situation, most notably if they had received the video of Rice knocking his wife unconscious or not.
"It was an unspeakable and cowardly act by the player. The punishment he received from his team and the league will never be enough to compensate for the action or erase it from our memory. But I have always had great faith in commisioner Goodell. I applaud his decision to have this matter investigated by an independent party and I know the process will be seen through objectively and with great integrity.
As a league, we want and will accept nothing less, and I am sure commissioner Goodell feels the same. Until we learn more from the investigation, it's important now that we measure our thoughts and train our energy on doing whatever it takes -- sending whatever message necessary -- to eliminate domestic violence. We have the opportunity and obligation to lead by example."
The Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice's contract earlier in the week and the NFL has suspended him indefinitely from the league after the video was leaked to the public by TMZ. Prior to the release of the video, the NFL had suspended Ray Rice just two games and he avoided going to trial by entering a pre-trial domestic violence program.