Running back Rashad Jennings, the New York Giants player representative in the NFLPA, said on Friday's SI Now that he thinks NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is "doing his job" and does it to the best of his ability.
Goodell has come under intense scrutiny for the way he and the league handled the case of Ray Rice, however Jennings said his opinion of Goodell has not changed this season.
"My opinion on the man is not changing at all," Jennings said. "I have tremendous respect for him and I think before you can fairly give an opinion on anybody you really have to understand all the facts. And sometimes people are too quick to judge without all the proper information."
On Thursday, an investigation led by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III found no evidence that the NFL received video of Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée in a casino elevator before it was released by the site TMZ in September.
The report did criticize the way the league handled the case, saying that if the NFL had conducted a "more substantial" investigation, it might have been able to obtain the video before it was released to the public.
Goodell's handling of the Rice incident was widely criticized, which led to him ordering the Mueller investigation. The commissioner has said that the first time he saw the in-elevator video was when it was published by TMZ on Sept. 8, and said the NFL was "never granted the opportunity" to see it prior to that.
A September SI fan poll found that 38 percent of fans at the time felt Goodell should lose his job.
- Molly Geary