NFL Commissioner Goodell to break silence over scandals; report says job is safe

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NEW YORK — After being silent for more than a week as the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson scandals exploded, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will hold a news conference Friday afternoon in New York to discuss the league’s recent domestic violence and child abuse issues.

Goodell has not spoken since granting an interview to CBS News last week after TMZ released video of former Ravens running back Rice knocking out his then-fiancee inside an elevator at an Atlantic City, N.J., casino.

Rice had been suspended for two games for the incident, but the only video that had been shown before then was of him dragging Jenay Palmer out of the elevator. Goodell insisted he did not see video from inside the elevator when handing down the punishment, and in its wake, the Ravens cut Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

The league has announced all NFL personnel will have educational sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault within the next month.

Meanwhile, Tim Graham of The Buffalo News reports that Goodell is not losing his job over the scandals and that several team executives have said the commissioner has the full support of the owners.

The news conference begins at 1 p.m. MDT.

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