Former FBI director Robert Mueller III has been hired by the NFL to lead an independent investigation into its handling of evidence surrounding the case of former Baltimore running back Ray Rice, USA Today reported Wednesday night.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the move hours after the Associated Press reported that a videotape showing Rice knocking out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer was sent to the league five months ago, contradicting Goodell’s claim that the league never saw the footage before this week.
Mueller’s investigation will be “supervised” by New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney before being presented to Goodell, and will also be released to the public upon completion. Mueller led the FBI from 2001 to 2013 and is currently a partner in a Washington D.C. law firm.
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