AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke publicly for the first time Friday since the release of that disturbing video of Ray Rice punching his fiancé and knocking her out.
Goodell apologized, saying he mishandled the incident. He said he’ll now get it right, and toughen the league’s personal conduct policy.
Some people said it’s better to take such action late, rather than not at all. However, they acknowledge there’s a lot of work that still needs to be done to prevent domestic abuse.
Pat Church of Amherst told 22News, “Yes, the culture of silence reinforces that it’s okay. It’s one of those things it gets swept under the rug or because they are famous. That’s not right.”
Goodell said going forward the league will mandate education and training for all players and staff with a goal of preventing domestic abuse.