NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell that he won’t rule out a return for Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, who has been suspended indefinitely from the NFL after a video surfaced that shows him punching his then-fiancee unconscious in an elevator.
Goodell and the NFL are under fire for an earlier two-game suspension for Rice, which many critics say was too light given the serious nature of the attack.
Asked whether Rice will ever play in the NFL again, Goodell responded, “I don’t rule that out. But he would have to make sure that we are fully confident that he is addressing this issue. Clearly, he has paid a price for the actions that he’s already taken.”
Some critics also wonder how Goodell and the NFL could have failed to see the video of Rice’s attack before TMZ published it. Told that some people doubt whether the NFL had missed seeing the tape earlier, Goodell responded, “Well, that’s a fact. And I think it’s a fact because the criminal justice system and law enforcement were following the laws and doing what they needed to do to make sure that they followed the criminal activity. This is an ongoing criminal investigation. And I think they were doing what they do.”
He added that he isn’t sure how TMZ got the tape, but added that the NFL is “particularly reliant on law enforcement.” He said that he wished he had seen the video before TMZ released it.
“Because when we make a decision we want to have all the information that’s available. And obviously that was the — that when we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened,” Goodell said.