New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will oversee an investigation of the Ray Rice assault case headed by ex-FBI director Robert Mueller III.

By SI Wire
September 11, 2014

New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II will oversee the investigation of the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, the teams announced Thursday.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the independent investigation on Wednesday, and asked Mara and Rooney to oversee it. Ex-FBI director Robert Mueller III is heading the investigation.

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According to the statement by Mara and Rooney, the investigation will be aimed at finding out "what efforts were made by league staff to obtain the video of what took place inside the elevator," as well as determining if the video was delivered to someone at the league office and what happened to the video it was delivered.

The owners will not conduct the investigation, but rather assist Mueller at "gaining whatever access or resources he needs." They will receive the findings on behalf of the league's owners, and the three agreed that the final report will be made public.

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On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that a law enforcement official said he sent a copy of the Ray Rice elevator video to an NFL executive in April. The AP said it listened to a voicemail confirming an individual in the NFL office received it. Goodell said Tuesday that the NFL asked for anything pertinent, but "were never granted the opportunity" to see the video.

- Molly Geary

 

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