Wednesday, September 10, 2014

"It's all about the money all the time!" ..... Kevin O'Leary

Good Day Readers:

In watching the Ray Rice story dominate the airwaves Kevin O'Leary's words come to mind. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a vastly over compensated figurehead eunuch the real power behind the throne is the league's wealthy owners. During his tenure their total take of revenues has gone from $6 billion a year to $9 billion so why wouldn't they choose to retain him? He's also a convenient fall guy when things go wrong.

Little ....-ball TMZ was able to get a copy of the brutal assault of Janay Palmer by footballer Ray Rice yet the Commissioner with enormous resources at his disposal couldn't? Huh? His explanation to the media was beyond feeble/lame. Even"Mr." Rice's lawyer had a copy while lobbying Roger Goodell for a lighter penalty for his client. At any time did Mr. Goodell ever say, "Give the league office all information in your possession regarding the incident and we'll review the matter?"

Then there's Ms Palmer. As little as a month or two after the assault she marries Ray Rice. Go figure. What more of a wake up call does she need? Then she blames the media for the predicament she and her "husband" currently find themselves. She doesn't sound as though she's particularly bright.

As for Roger Goodell he's at the beck and call of the league's ownership it and it alone will decide whether he goes or stays. If their revenue share continues to grow he'll stay. Sad but true.

The following is posted on the TMZ website:

The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee ... TMZ Sports has learned. Commissioner Roger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question ... Is that the way he wanted it?

Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports ... NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator ... video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.

Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us ... if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied. Former employees have told us someone with an affiliation to the NFL saw the video, but we are now certain that someone was not from Goodell's office or the core NFL executives.

Without video ... Goodell blindly justified the initial 2-game suspension, based on the only evidence they had - from the two people in the elevator, who called it mutual combat.

Multiple sources tell TMZ Sports ... the casino made a copy of the elevator surveillance video for police. We're also told Rice's lawyer had a copy of the video, which he got in the criminal case.

An NFL source tells us they requested "any and all information" from law enforcement in the criminal case but got nothing because it was a pending case. But the NFL had other options ... namely going to the casino or Rice's lawyer - but the NFL never bothered to ask.

BTW ... it may sound crazy for Rice's lawyer to voluntarily hand over the video, but the NFL had a lot of leverage ... in the form of severe penalties if Rice didn't ante up the tape.

So the question ... does the NFL have incompetent investigators, or was it just easier to protect a player and turn a blind eye to video that would have forced Goodell's hand? Both scenarios are pretty disgusting.

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Clare L. Pieuk


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