NAFUSA member Robert Mueller, the former F.B.I. director, was retained by the N.F.L. to investigate how the league handled the domestic abuse case involving former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice. Mueller released his findings last Thursday, January 8, 2015.
Mueller found that the N.F.L. and Commissioner Roger Goodell did not have or view the video that showed Rice punching his fiancee in an elevator before Goodell suspended Rice for two games in July. But the league made little effort to pursue the case even after it “possessed substantial information suggesting a serious event had occurred inside the elevator,” according to Mueller’s report. Mueller concluded that the league was aware of the magnitude of the encounter but nevertheless agreed to a light punishment of Rice.