Goodell: NFL to Crack Down, but I'm Not Resigning

Commissioner outlines plans amid domestic violence cases
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 19, 2014 2:54 PM CDT
Goodell: NFL to Crack Down, but I'm Not Resigning
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell takes the stage to speak at a news conference Friday.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL plans to have new personal conduct policies in place by the Super Bowl. At a news conference today, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning. "Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me." (If it sounds like not much new, lots of current and former NFL players agree, deriding the "pointless" press conference via Twitter, reports New York.)

The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case. "The same mistakes can never be repeated," said Goodell, who now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties. Goodell also said in a memo to the clubs late yesterday that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. The league also announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center. (Ravens fans lined up today to return their Rice jerseys.)

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