ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — As questions arose about how the NFL investigated domestic violence allegations against Ray Rice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday the league asked for, but was not given, video showing the ex-Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee on an elevator.
Goodell told CBS that “no one in the NFL, to my knowledge” had seen a new video of what happened on the elevator until it was posted online.
“We assumed that there was a video. We asked for video. But we were never granted that opportunity,” Goodell said.
Two videos, one released by TMZ Sports and another shown later to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official, show Rice punching Janay Palmer — who is now his wife — at an Atlantic City casino in February.
Pegulas bid $1.4
billion to buy Bills
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula took a highly aggressive approach by bidding an NFL-record $1.4 billion to get the Buffalo Bills and keep them in western New York.
A person with direct knowledge of the sale process confirmed the winning bid to The Associated Press on Tuesday, hours after late owner Ralph Wilson’s estate announced reaching a “definitive agreement” to sell the team to the Pegulas. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sale was conducted privately.
Sports Business Journal first reported the Pegulas’ bid earlier in the day.
Player reps delay vote on new drug policy proposal
NEW YORK (AP) — The 32 player representatives to the union have delayed a vote on the NFL’s proposal for changes to the drug policy that potentially could implement HGH testing.
After a conference call of about one hour Tuesday night during which the proposal was discussed, the player reps opted to take no action. The proposal was not delivered to the union until midday.
“There was no vote tonight by NFLPA player representatives,” Union spokesman George Atallah said. “We will continue to work towards a comprehensive agreement.”
The union has insisted that a satisfactory proposal to them is the only one that will be voted on. Atallah said last week that a “piecemeal” agreement did not interest the players.
Ex-NFL QB Ryan Leaf sentenced to 5 years
UBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf has been sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for violating terms of his probation.
A Texas prosecutor says the former San Diego Chargers quarterback and Washington State standout won’t have to serve any time behind bars in Texas because of time he’s served in Montana. Leaf violated his Texas probation when he ran afoul with the law in Montana for breaking into a home to steal prescription drugs. He pleaded guilty for felony burglary and criminal possession of a dangerous drug in 2012.