The NFL Did Not Watch the Ray Rice Tape in April, According to Investigators (Update)

No word yet from Bill Simmons.

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The Mueller investigation, headed by former FBI director Robert Mueller, was commissioned by the NFL in September for the purpose of conducting an investigation into the NFL's—and, more specifically, Roger Goodell's—knowledge of the Ray Rice elevator tape before it was released to the public in September by TMZ. The question at hand: Did Roger Goodell or other members of the NFL watch the elevator tape in April, when it was reportedly sent to the league's office by a law enforcement official?

Today, the findings of the report were released:

Per Deadspin, the investigators published a press release to summarize the report:

"We found no evidence that anyone at the NFL had or saw the in-elevator video before it was publicly shown. We also found no evidence that a woman at the NFL acknowledged receipt of that video in a voicemail message on April 9, 2014.

"We concluded there was substantial information about the incident–even without the in-elevator video–indicating the need for a more thorough investigation. The NFL should have done more with the information it had, and should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the February 15 incident."

No word yet from Bill Simmons. 


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