ESPN: Rice Believes Ravens Owner Tried To Bribe Him In Coverup Attempt

ESPN's Outside The Lines just dropped a doozy of a story about the handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident. It's a long and thoroughly reported piece, centering mainly on the Ravens' end of the investigation, but the big bullet points are these: Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, president Dick Cass,… » 9/19/14 6:46pm Friday 6:46pm

The NFL's Useful Idiots Want Roger Goodell To Get Tough; They're Wrong

The bad thing about the corruption in NFL reporting is that there's literally no way for a league higher-up to fuck up badly enough to be held to account by the people best positioned to do so. The good thing is that if you want to know what the NFL wants you to think, all you have to do is read what stooge reporters… » 9/17/14 5:06pm Wednesday 5:06pm

The New York Times Could Never Have Published TMZ’s Ray Rice Video

Over the past week, The New York Times has busied itself by dissecting TMZ’s graphic video of Ray Rice punching Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino. This is partly motivated by professional envy: Executive editor Dean Baquet told The Daily Beast that “TMZ had a great scoop. I wish I had it.” But it’s also… » 9/17/14 2:27pm Wednesday 2:27pm

Ray Rice Appeal Won't Be Heard By Roger Goodell

Late last night, the NFLPA officially filed a grievance on behalf of Ray Rice, appealing the indefinite suspension he received hours after tape of him punching out his fiancée was made public—and months after the NFL had decided a two-game suspension was appropriate. It sounds like that disciplinary dissonance is… » 9/17/14 11:03am Wednesday 11:03am

CBS Instructed Pregame Broadcasters To Avoid Calling Anyone Out

CBS had already made some changes for its inaugural Thursday night football broadcast in the wake of the Ray Rice mess, axing a musical "high-energy" intro featuring Rihanna and cutting a "comedic segment." SportsBusiness Daily reports that things went even further, with CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus instructing… » 9/12/14 3:39pm 9/12/14 3:39pm

The NFL Finally Explains Why It Suspended Ray Rice Indefinitely

First, the NFL suspended Ray Rice for two games. Then video came out, which the league pretended it hadn't seen, and the NFL suspended Ray Rice indefinitely. Last we heard, the NFLPA and Rice were still waiting on an official explanation from the league, which was pretty strange. The NFL has to at least tell a guy why… » 9/12/14 12:39pm 9/12/14 12:39pm

NFL Team Security Job Description Is Basically "Security-Footage Getter"

The NFL and Roger Goodell have claimed repeatedly there was no effort made to get the Revel Casino's elevator surveillance footage directly from the casino itself. (Goodell said he believed that would be illegal, something refuted by the New Jersey Attorney General's office the next day.) Here comes CBS News, casting… » 9/12/14 10:58am 9/12/14 10:58am