Roger Goodell and the NFL are now exercising damage control.
The league has come under fire for their handling on Josh Brown’s domestic violence arrest. Yet, Goodell believes the public backlash is due to uniformed public information.
“I understand the public’s misunderstanding of those things and how that can be difficult for them to understand how we get to those positions,” Goodell told BBC on Sunday, per SNY.tv. “But those are things that we have to do. I think it’s a lot deeper and a lot more complicated than it appears but it gets a lot of focus.”
The NFL re-opened its Brown investigation following the emergence of new released details on the kicker’s domestic violence arrest. The New York Giants placed Brown on the commissioner exempt list on Friday.
Brown was originally suspended for one game due to the arrest. Now it looks like a merger slap on the wrist based on the crime. Goodell is defending the NFL’s punishment at the time. The commissioner stated that the league didn’t have all the details in the wake of more graphic information being released.
“Well you have to go and get the facts,” Goodell said. “We have asked repeatedly for those facts and the information that’s been gathered by law enforcement both orally and in writing. And we weren’t able to get access to it. So you have to make decisions on whatever information you have. We take this issue incredibly seriously. This is something we’ve been working on with policy changes, to educating our players to make sure they understand how they deal with issues with their family, give them resources to be able to deal with this.
“But when it happens we’re not going to tolerate it. So we have some new information here, we’ll evaluate that in the context of our policy and we’ll take it from there.”