While many NFL players have stayed away from commenting on the league’s possible involvement in covering up the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, one player is speaking up and using some harsh words. Eagles Jason Kelce has some outright and said that the NFL is lying about what they had knowledge of thinks the league’s decisions regarding the matter in the last week is only a result of “trying to save face in front of the fans.”
“If they would have just came out and said, ‘You know what we had a wrong—we made a wrong decision. We should have suspended him for longer. This is something that we mishandled,’” Kelce told 94 WIP, “I would have had a lot more respect for the NFL than what they’re doing now, which seems like they are just backtracking and trying to save face in front of the fans and it’s clear as day, I think to me, they’re lying and misleading people.”
“I mean, the whole thing has been just really mishandled,” Kelce said. “And then, now all the sudden with tape coming out—I’m sorry, but I can’t believe that an organization with billions of dollars and this tape is running out there through law enforcement and through media outlets that they somehow couldn’t get their hands on the tape. They’re saying that they couldn’t get the tape, I don’t know if I believe that. They made a mistake by only suspending him for two games.”
The NFL has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to head an independent investigation into what went wrong in this incident, so maybe the people will get some transparency in this matter at some point. For now, Goodell continues to deny any knowledge of the seeing the video before TMZ released it to the public.
[h/t NBC Sports]