SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
3:00 PM ET
Commissioner Roger Goodell: Good afternoon. Thank you for coming today. I’d like to make a few points and then I’ll be happy to take your questions.
At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference.
Unfortunately over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong.
That starts with me.
I said this before, back on August 28th, and I say it again now – I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter. I am sorry for that.
I got it wrong on a number of levels – from the process that I led to the decision that I reached.
But now I will get it right and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that. First, I don’t expect anyone just to take my word. Last week, I asked former FBI Director Robert Mueller to conduct an independent investigation to answer the questions raised about our process in reviewing Ray Rice’s conduct.
I pledged that Director Mueller will have full cooperation and access. We all look forward to his report and findings. I promise you that any shortcomings he finds in how we dealt with the situation will lead to swift action. The same mistakes can never be repeated. We will do whatever is necessary to ensure that we are thorough in our review process and that our conclusions are reliable. We will get our house in order first.
Second, and most importantly, these incidents demonstrate that we can use the NFL to help create change not only in our league but in society with respect to domestic violence and sexual assault.
We are taking a number of steps. I said on August 28th that the entire NFL would receive comprehensive information on resources and support systems for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. We will reexamine, enhance and improve all of our current programs – and then we’ll do more.
Earlier today, each NFL club and all of our league office locations received information about advocacy and support organizations in their communities.
In addition, our teams and league staff – everyone – will participate in education sessions starting in the next month — followed by training programs.