NFL Commissioner Open to Reinstating Ray Rice


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell gave his first interview today after indefinitely suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice who was caught on video punching his then-fiancee (current wife) Janay Palmer earlier this year.

Goodell originally suspended Rice for only two games after a video of Rice dragging Palmer out of an Atlantic City elevator surfaced.

However, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely yesterday and the Ravens dropped the star running back after a video of the actual assault surfaced on TMZ.

"We had not seen any video tape of what occurred in the elevator," Goodell told "CBS This Morning" co-anchor Norah O'Donnell today. "We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity." noted that O'Donnell later tweeted about Rice's possible reinstatement per Goodell:

"I don't rule that out....He has paid the price for the actions that he's already taken" @nflcommish on #RayRice return 2 #NFL @CBSNews

When asked how TMZ got the video of Rice punching Palmer when the NFL didn't, Goodell responded (per O'Donnell's tweet):

"I don't know how TMZ...gets their information...We don't seek 2 get that...from sources that are not credible" @nflcommish @CBSEveningNews

The entire interview with Goodell will air tonight on CBS News.

Sources: CBS This Morning, Twitter, (Image Credit: SSG Teddy Wade)


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