NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Wednesday night that the league has appointed former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III to conduct an investigation on how the league has handled the evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
Mueller will have full access to NFL records and personnel. The investigation is to be overseen by New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney. Mueller is no stranger to pressure, as he was appointed FBI director just days before the 2001 September 11th attacks. His role as director lasted 12 years from 2001 to 2013. He’s currently a partner in the law firm WilmerHale based out of Washington, D.C.
Contradicting reports are circulating whether or not the league had obtained the elevator footage in which shows former star Ray Rice punching his then fiancée in an Atlantic City casino in February. An Associated Press report has alleged that an NFL executive received a copy of the footage from a law enforcement official in April. Roger Goodell has said numerous times that law enforcement authorities and casino officials declined to provide the video.
Something smells fishy here, as of right now it’s a ‘his word against mine’ kind of thing. We’ll see what truth Mueller will be able to uncover.