NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday that the NFL plans to "reexamine, enhance and improve" current programs to combat sexual assault and domestic violence in the league.
"We have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," said Goodell. "That starts with me. I said this before, back on Aug. 28, and I'll say again now: I got it wrong in handling the Ray Rice matter... But now I will get it right."
Goodell hosted his first press conference since TMZ released a video showing Ray Rice brutally punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer, knocking her unconscious in an elevator.
According to The Wire, "Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract. Since then, three more players (Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, and Jonathan Dwyer) have been investigated and faced suspensions for domestic violence incidents."
Goodell announced that all NFL teams and staff will participate in training and educational programs in the next few months. The NFL plans to work with its players' union "to make changes to the sport's personal conduct policy."
"There will be changes to our personal conduct policy. I know this because we will make it happen. Nothing is off the table. We will implement new conduct policies. We will have set, clear, transparent rules. My goal is to complete this by the Super Bowl," he said. Goodell also said he will establish a conduct committee "for years to come."
"The same mistakes can never be repeated," Goodell said. "We will do whatever necessary to ensure our review process is thorough. We will get our house in order."
Goodell called on law enforcement, the criminal justice system, social services and families to help fight the problem of sexual assault and domestic violence in American society. Goodell says that the NFL has entered into a partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to "work together" to address these issue.
"We can use the NFL to help create change," he said. "Domestic violence and sexual assault have no place in the NFL."
While Goodell's announcement may come as a relief to some NFL wachers, many critics may fine it "too little too late." And Goodell said he hasn't considered resigning because he "acknowledged his mistake."
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he has not considered resigning. "I am focused on doing my job. ... I acknowledged my mistake..."— Lisa Tozzi (@lisatozzi) September 19, 2014
Naturally, plenty of people are upset with Goodell's paltry announcement:
Live shot of Roger Goodell's press conference pic.twitter.com/qK0nFZ5v7j— Ollie Connolly (@OllieUKEZ) September 19, 2014
Editors Note: Mar. 3, 2015