Mueller Report finds no evidence NFL saw Ray Rice elevator video

SHARE Mueller Report finds no evidence NFL saw Ray Rice elevator video

The results of a four-month investigation of the NFL by former FBI director Robert Mueller were released Thursday, and they conclude the league never had or saw the video of Ray Rice punching Janay Rice in an Atlantic City elevator.

The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell came under fire after video surfaced in September of Rice punching out his then-fiance. The league denied having seen or even knowing about the video when Rice was handed a two-game suspension. The release of the video later prompted an indefinite suspension.

Mueller’s report validates the NFL’s stance, and goes on to say there was no evidence that a woman at the NFL acknowledged receipt of that video in a voicemail message on April 9, 2014.

The report was commissioned to answer two main questions: First, did the NFL view the Rice video? And second, what information was obtained, provided or available to the NFL during its investigation of the Rice incident?

With regard to the second question, Mueller’s report concluded the following:

-The NFL’s deference to law enforcement “can foster an environment in which it is less important to understand precisely what a player did than to understand how and when the criminal justice system addresses the event.”

-The NFL’s deference to the law enforcement process involving Mr. Rice “led to deficiencies in the League’s collection and analysis of information during its investigation.”

-The NFL had “substantial information suggesting a serious event had occurred inside the elevator that the League should have further investigated.” Had the League done so, “it may have uncovered additional information about the incident, possibly including the in-elevator video prior to its public release.”

The report offered several recommendations for the NFL, including a specialized investigation team for domestic violence and guidelines to encourage more thorough investigations.

The full report is available at RobertMuellerReport.com.

The Latest
A federal jury in Chicago convicted Kelly in 2022 of three counts of producing child pornography and three counts of enticing minors into criminal sexual activity. U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber handed Kelly a 20-year prison sentence in February 2023.
Customers of AT&T, the country’s largest wireless provider, are reporting widespread outages.
According to a People article, Williams now resides in an undisclosed care facility and her family cannot call her themselves and they do not know where she’s housed.
More than 58,000 AT&T customers were still without cellular service as of 11 a.m. Thursday in locations including Houston, Atlanta and Chicago, according to data from Downdetector.
Schriffen will make his debut Friday, when he’ll call the Sox’ spring-training opener against the Cubs in Mesa, Arizona, on NBC Sports Chicago.