NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced the press and public on Friday afternoon regarding the National Football League’s recent highly-criticized controversies. He admitted that he “got it wrong” regarding the Ray Rice domestic violence incident and claims that he will “get it right” in the future, according to an ABC News report on Friday. Goodell said that at its best, the National Football League sets an example that makes a positive difference. Yet, he asserted at a New York presser that over the past several weeks they have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong, unfortunately. He admits that the wrong doing has started with him.
Goodell promises that the league will re-examine, enhance and improve all of its current programs and then it will do more. Though the commissioner said he is disappointed in himself for making a mistake regarding the Ray Rice incident, he says he is going to stay put. Goodell said that he never even considered resigning from his job. Yet, he says he now holds himself to the highest possible standard.
The New York, high-profile news conference was the first time that Goodell has been out in public for more than a week following the extreme criticism he has received from media and the public alike. The presser occurred the day after the commissioner released a memo to teams regarding the incidents that have bruised the NFL’s image in recent days. The memo said that the National Football League has initiated a long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Additionally, the NFL joined the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help women who have suffered from such abuses.
The remarks on Friday incorporated the first time that the NFL commissioner has been seen in public for more than a week. Many still want Goodell to step down after the poor decisions the league has made, from the top on down, regarding inappropriate behaviors of its players. News and talk radio and television, near and far, are broadcasting reactions to Goodell’s news conference which indicate that they found his statement to be unpolished and weak, according to New York Magazine. For a man of his public stature, they expected more to be said and more to be done in response to the intense criticisms received.
Players even responded on social media with negative responses to Goodell’s remarks with such comments as “this conference is pointless,” “the commissioner still didn’t answer the question of ignorance is not an excuse,” and “anyone who thought this press conference was going to be productive, shame on you.” Some sports analysts still believe that Goodell saw the incriminating video of Rice in the elevator, pounding on his then-fiancee, much earlier than he says he did.
Those critics say that the truth will eventually come out and Goodell must then resign. After all, TMZ says it took just one phone call to get the video – yet the NFL says they couldn’t get a hold of the video. Basically, the masses have seemed to be extremely disappointed and unimpressed with Goodell and his much-awaited statements on the NFL’s mess.