To investigate the “NFL’s pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident”, Commissioner Roger Goodell has hired former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.
Here's the full statement from the NFL … pic.twitter.com/4NgOzY1rfM
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 11, 2014
Yeah, you read that right — the NFL has hired an investigator to investigate the NFL.
Even crazier is the fact that two NFL owners, John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, will be overseeing that investigation by the NFL’s hired investigator.
The NFL’s announcement of this investigation comes on the heels of the Associated Press’s report that a law enforcement official says video of Rice punching Janay Palmer was sent to an NFL executive in April and he’s got a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number to prove it.
Surely a former FBI Director will get to the bottom of this.
Interestingly, Mueller is a partner at WilmerHale, a law firm that, as Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com points out, “helped the NFL recently negotiate a multi-billion-dollar contract with DirecTV.”
As explained by ESPN.com, the firm previously has represented Washington owner Daniel Snyder, and several members of the firm have taken jobs with NFL teams.
WilmerHale is also the former employer of a notable NFL team executive, Baltimore Ravens president Dick Cass.