National Football League’s Costly Fumble
A domestic violence incident that took place last February in an Atlantic City hotel that allegedly involved Ray Rice and his then fianceé (now wife), is causing an unbelievable and undying PR uproar from the general public—one that has put Roger Goodell’s position as Commissioner of the NFL in the hot seat. All this apparently got underway when TMZ published a video on or around February 19, of an incident showing Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of the elevator into the hotel lobby.
On July 24, the league imposed a two-game suspension and a $58,823 fine against Rice. This NFL’s “slap-on-the-wrist action further fueled the public’s concern that an attempted whitewash of an domestic violence incident may be underway.
Then lighting struck again; TMZ released a second graphic video showing Rice hitting his then fiancée in the face and rendering her unconscious. Based upon this “new” information, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely, and the Baltimore Ravens, who had initially supported Rice throughout the situation, reversed course and cut him from the team.
Next, Goodell’s credibility came into question when the Associated Press issued a report that allegedly contradicted Goodell’s version about when and from whom the NFL gained access to the video. And, the saga continues!
Now, my personal concern: I would be greatly surprised if the NFL did not have, either on their payroll or immediate access to, highly experienced investigators to investigate and report on criminal acts and/or other incidents which may impact the league negatively.
As a former police detective, upon seeing that first video, common sense would have immediately alerted me that a second video (inside of the elevator) would likely be in existence. Therefore, I would be most surprised to find out that any experienced investigator—working for the NFL—would have failed to contact both the police authority handling this matter and also talked with the hotel’s head of security, in an effort to uncover and view the elevator’s video.
As Sherlock Holmes would have said, “That’s elementary, my dear Watson.”