CBS Lands Exclusive Interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

CBS has secured an exclusive interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of a Ray Rice scandal that has badgered the league in recent days.

The interview, conducted by CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, will air partially on Tuesday’s “Evening News with Scott Pelley.” The network’s “The Morning” is set to broadcast the interview in full Wednesday.

Goodell and the NFL have been under fire from the press for its handling of Rice’s assault on his spouse Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino.

On Monday, TMZ released a graphic video of the assault showing Rice knocking out Palmer with a single punch, resulting in the “indefinite” suspension of the Baltimore Ravens star. The NFL claims it never saw the elevator footage.

“We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell told CBS in the interview.  “We asked for anything that’s pertinent. But we were never granted that opportunity.”

Goodell did admit, however, that the NFL was aware of the video.

According to reports, law enforcement officials and Rice’s attorneys were provided the footage when they asked, which sparked several “cover-up” accusations of the NFL.

Keith Olbermann, on Monday, called for Goodell’s resignation for not protecting his female fans on his ESPN program.

“(The NFL) made a mockery of the process by which those who batter those they claim to love are to be brought to justice.”

The Ray Rice video wasn’t the first evidence of the confrontation between Rice and his ex-fiance. In a February video, the football star was seen dragging an unconscious Palmer by the hair through the casino in a security video.

The league later suspended Rice for two games in July, which was widely seen as too light a punishment for domestic abuse.

Goodell, in a letter to Rice, wrote the following:

“The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”

 

 

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