Meet The Dunce Ex-Cop Who Fucked Up The NFL's Ray Rice Investigation

Throughout the coverage of the NFL's handling of Ray Rice, talk of the league's investigatory arm has for the most part presumed a certain level of competence. The NFL employs a number of former law enforcement agents, and has billions of dollars besides—it's got to be capable of getting any information it so desires,… » 1/09/15 1:22pm 1/09/15 1:22pm

Roger Goodell Failed, So Now He's More Powerful Than Ever

Unsurprisingly, former FBI director Robert Mueller's report has absolved Roger Goodell and the NFL of any major wrongdoing or misdirection in their handling of the Ray Rice case. We always knew that was going to happen. What's really disturbing about the report is how perfectly its conclusions align with and serve… » 1/08/15 3:19pm 1/08/15 3:19pm

NFL-Backed Investigation: NFL Didn't Lie About Seeing Ray Rice Tape

Former FBI director Robert Mueller's investigation into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case has been released. We're still reading through it, but the report's big conclusion so far is that despite an Associated Press report claiming that the NFL had received a tape showing Ray Rice knocking out Janay Palmer… » 1/08/15 2:06pm 1/08/15 2:06pm

NFL Claims ESPN Is Lying About Damning Email

The NFL has fired back at ESPN and Don Van Natta Jr., who this week published quotes from what is reportedly an internal NFL email that all but confirms what everyone already assumed: that the NFL was lying when Roger Goodell assured owners that his office had done everything in its power to obtain the second Ray… » 12/12/14 3:17pm 12/12/14 3:17pm

Transcript: Roger Goodell Doesn't Know What's Going On

ESPN's Don Van Natta Jr. published a nice scoop yesterday, having gotten his hands on the transcript from Ray Rice's suspension appeal hearing. He highlights one particular exchange which shows that if you take him at his word, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has absolutely no idea what's going on in his own operation… » 12/11/14 11:41am 12/11/14 11:41am

Peter King Is A Goddamn Embarrassment

SI.com's Peter King, the most powerful NFL writer in the business, sees his job as flattering other powerful people so that they'll allow him to uncritically pass on whatever they'd like to have passed on. He's very good at it, as the incredible correction buried a couple of thousand words into his latest column shows. » 12/01/14 3:45pm 12/01/14 3:45pm

Janay Rice Says Ravens Told Her To Apologize At That Press Conference

The first half of a two-part interview with Ray and Janay Rice aired on this morning's episode of the Today Show. Ray Rice wasn't present for this portion of the interview, and instead we saw Matt Lauer conduct a sit-down with Janay and her mother. The most revelatory part of the conversation was when Janay revealed… » 12/01/14 9:47am 12/01/14 9:47am

What Happened When Janay Rice Met With The NFL In June?

The NFL has consistently shown throughout the Ray Rice saga it has no idea how to deal with domestic assault, perhaps not more obviously than when the league interviewed Janay and Ray Rice at the same time during a June 16th hearing. Questioning the victim of domestic assault in the presence of her attacker, let alone… » 11/28/14 5:07pm 11/28/14 5:07pm

Here's An Odd Legal Journal Letter About The NFL And The Ray Rice Tapes

A couple of tipsters have pointed us to an anonymous question printed in the October issue of the New York State Bar Association Journal. Take it with a grain of salt, but correspondent "Tim Troubled" says his firm dealt with a pro sports league that sounds a lot like the NFL, and a pro athlete who sounds a lot like… » 10/29/14 6:32pm 10/29/14 6:32pm

Can the NFL Change Domestic Abusers? A Conversation with Beth Richie

Beth Richie is a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago with an extensive body of work in criminology, feminism, violence against women, the carceral state and the sociology of race and ethnicity. She's the current director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, and was recently named as… » 10/21/14 3:12pm 10/21/14 3:12pm

Ex-NFL Wives: We Felt Pressure To Keep Quiet About Domestic Violence

Two former NFL wives talked to the Washington Post about why they stayed in abusive relationships, and both describe in the story published Friday how the league, the union, coaches, and even cops encouraged them to stay silent. They say not to expect the newfound focus on domestic violence to make a meaningful… » 10/20/14 1:58pm 10/20/14 1:58pm