NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke publicly for the first time since Sept. 10 about the NFL's handling of the recent rash of domestic abuse cases in a press conference Friday afternoon and though he accepted the blame for the NFL "doing wrong," he isn't resigning from his position despite pressure from others to do so.
Goodell said that the recent examples of the league mishandling high-profile cases of domestic abuse "starts with me," that he "got it wrong on a number of levels," and that he will do all he can to earn back the confidence of fans and players.
The criticism of Goodell comes on the heels of cases of domestic violence involving various NFL players, including recently released Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, and Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer. Critics say the league hasn't done enough to curb the negative behavior that has become epidemic in the world of professional football.
"The same mistakes can never be repeated," Goodell said of his actions in the Ray Rice case. Rice was initially suspended for two games before video of Rice striking his then-fiancée unconscious surfaced and became a national headline. Rice was then suspended indefinitely, but many wondered why the NFL didn't act sooner if the video only appeared to confirm what previous evidence, a video of Rice dragging the limp body of his fiancée out of the elevator, heavily suggested and what Rice allegedly admitted to.
Goodell said the NFL would implement a new personal conduct policy before this year's Super Bowl in February and establish a conduct committee to enforce the new policies and make sure they're followed. The NFL has also partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
Watch the press conference here: