“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” -Walter Scott
This quote came to mind after I watched Roger Goodell’s pitiful excuse of a press conference on Friday. Despite Goodell’s admission of “mistakes made” and his vow to do better, nothing from Friday’s media event made me a believer.
During the nine days Goodell was hiding out, the league imploded. And still, nine days came and went without us hearing a peep from the Commish. For a man who earns $44 million a year, you’d expect more action, visibility and accountability, but I guess money can’t buy courage.
After everyone questioned Goodell’s whereabouts, Friday we received word that he was coming out of hiding to face the music, and take questions from reporters. It seemed like Goodell was finally ready to man up.
But after 45 minutes of Goodell ducking and dodging every hardball question hurled his way, the press conference offered up no new information. Goodell’s shady behavior left us more frustrated and confused than before. Quite frankly, his elusiveness provided more questions than answers.
Well, since Goodell ain’t got the answers (or at least doesn’t want to share), ESPN said to hell with your Mueller Investigation, NFL. You’re not to be trusted, and we’re going to head up our own investigation.
Shortly after Goodell’s joke of a presser, ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” dropped a bombshell of a report, “Rice Case: Purposeful Misdirection By Team, Scant Investigation By NFL”. ESPN reports, “Outside the Lines” interviewed more than 20 sources over the past 11 days — team officials, current and former league officials, NFL Players Association representatives and associates, advisers and friends of Rice — and found a pattern of misinformation and misdirection employed by the Ravens and the NFL since that February night.”
Anyone with half of a brain already knew there was a lot of misremembering, false truths and covering up going on by the NFL and Baltimore Ravens. However, this long, but worthy read provides solid context behind much of the inconsistencies to date. There’s a month by month breakdown of events.
After reading the report in its entirety, my biggest revelation was that Ray Rice deserves to win his appeal. It’s not because I believe Rice’s actions are less egregious, but it’s because the NFL is making Rice suffer for the lies they told. Where’s the justice in that?
I found it ironic that the NFL and Baltimore Ravens called themselves protecting Rice’s image to keep his relationships within the community intact; yet, as soon as the smoking gun was found, they hung Rice out to dry. It’s all so pathetic.
For once the NFL’s power tripping caught up with them. They’ve pinned themselves so far deep into a rabbit hole that the only hope they have of survival depends on how well Goodell and his BFFs, the New York Giants’ owner John Mara, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ co-owner Art Rooney II, and former FBI investigator Robert Mueller, can conspire their way through their BS investigation.
Go ahead and read the Outside the Lines article. Hope you enjoy sifting your way through the web of lies and deceit the NFL and Baltimore Ravens have failed at making us believe. The contradictory accounts between the Ravens and NFL make it a fun ride!