I will say this about Steve Bisciotti’s press conference, he wasn’t ducking and dodging as much as Roger Goodell and maybe to his detriment he was a bit too honest. Case in point, when asked had he forgotten the victim in this case was Janay Palmer here is what he had to say.
Bisciotti says Janay is suffering because she has an unemployed husband
— Robert Littal (@BSO) September 22, 2014
That is a brutally honest answer that isn’t going to sit well with a lot of people. The people who feel that Janay is staying with an abuser out of fear and will think it is was a terribly insensitive thing to say. Also, it isn’t like they are hurting for money currently, Rice has made $25 million while a member of the Ravens.
When you are freestyling a press conference, things like this fly out of your mouth. You are sort of damn if you do, damn if you don’t. If you don’t speak, people ask why you aren’t speaking. If you do speak and say nothing like Roger Goodell then people will crush you. If you speak off the cuff, you run the risk of saying something that you wouldn’t normally say in a more control environment.
Whole thing has just turned into one big mess, that I am not sure will ever be cleaned up.