Friday September 12th, 2014

This week is likely one the National Football League and commissioner Roger Goodell would like to forget.

Ray Rice

On Monday, video surfaced of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino on Feb. 15.

Later in the day, Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

Goodell said no one from the NFL had seen the new video from that night and that it was not made available during its investigation of Rice. Goodell had previously suspended Rice for two games.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official sent an NFL executive the video in April.

On Thursday, the NFL announced that New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will oversee the investigation of how the NFL handled the Rice domestic violence case.

NFL players' recent cases of violence against women

Jerry Jones

On Tuesday, a lawsuit was filed against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones by a woman who says he sexually assaulted her. Jones denied the allegations.

Adrian Peterson

On Friday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on charges of child injury in Texas. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

But it wasn't just the NFL.

On a conference call, Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry referred to Miami Heat forward Luol Deng as having "some African in him." This led to an investigation that found a racially insensitive email sent by Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson in 2012. On Sunday, the NBA announced Levenson is selling his interest in the team. Ferry apologized for the comment and said he reached out to Deng.​ Ferry said he read the phrase off a scouting report.

On Wednesday, an ex-Mets employee filed a lawsuit against the team's front office and co-owner Jeff Wilpon that accused the team of firing her because Wilpon opposed her having a baby without being married.​

Wednesday, reports came out that Oregon waited to expel three basketball players allegedly involved in a sexual assault, in order to keep a higher Academic Progress Rate score. Expelling the players earlier could have resulted in sanctions, including a loss of scholarships.

On Friday, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games for amphetamine use. A Make-A-Wish child was supposed to meet Davis before the Orioles played the Yankees on Friday but could not because of the suspension.

Early Friday morning, Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide (negligent killing) in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius faces up to 15 years in prison. Pistorius will be sentenced on Oct. 13.

- Sarah Barshop

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