On Wednesday the Associated Press broke news that the NFL reportedly received the video back in April of Ray Rice punching his wife Janay Palmer and knocking her unconscious. Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league released they had not seen it until TMZ released it Monday.

Greg Aiello, an N.F.L. spokesman, said in a statement. “We are not aware of anyone in our office who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. We will look into it.”

Late Wednesday night, Goodell said that he asked Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to conduct an independent investigation into the league’s “pursuit and handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.”

John Mara, the co-owner of the Giants, and Art Rooney II of the Steelers, who are both lawyers, will oversee the investigation. Goodell  has made it clead that Mueller,will have access to all NFL. records.

After these statements from the NFL hierarchy,  "#FireGoodell" quickly began trending, and many NFL players, both former and current, weighed in on the underperforming commissioner.


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