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Well the Mueller Report is out and here's the summary. You can follow the link to view the report in it's entirety. Robert Mueller Report

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Robert S. Mueller III Issues Report on Independent Investigation for NFL
Washington, D.C. - Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III today released the
results of a four-month investigation into the Ray Rice incident on February 15,
2014. The National Football League (NFL) asked Mueller on September 10,
2014, to address two questions:
 Did the NFL possess or view the in-elevator video of Mr. Rice and his
then-fiancée Janay Palmer from the Revel Casino before its public release
on September 8, 2014?
 What information was obtained, provided or available to the NFL during its
investigation of the Rice incident?
Acting with full independence from the NFL, Mr. Mueller and his colleagues
reviewed millions of documents, emails, text messages and electronic data logs,
and interviewed more than 200 NFL employees and contractors. Digital forensics
experts searched computers and mobile phones of the league's senior
executives, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, for any digital evidence of
the in-elevator video.
Responding to a news story that a woman at the NFL confirmed receipt of the
video in the April 9 call, investigators traced every outgoing phone call from the
NFL, and took several other investigative actions that are detailed in the report.
The investigators interviewed every female employee, contractor or vendor
whose electronic badge recorded that she was in the League's main office on
that day. Each was asked whether they made such a call or had any knowledge
about the receipt by the NFL of an in-elevator video of the Rice incident.
The investigation found no evidence that the NFL received the in-elevator video
before its public release on September 8, 2014.
With regard to the question about the information available to the NFL, the report
includes the following findings:
 The NFL's deference to law enforcement "can foster an environment in
which it is less important to understand precisely what a player did than to

understand how and when the criminal justice system addresses the
 The NFL's deference to the law enforcement process involving Mr. Rice
"led to deficiencies in the League's collection and analysis of information
during its investigation."
 The NFL had "substantial information suggesting a serious event had
occurred inside the elevator that the League should have further
investigated." Had the League done so, "it may have uncovered additional
information about the incident, possibly including the in-elevator video
prior to its public release."
Summarizing the results of the investigation, Mr. Mueller said:
"We found no evidence that anyone at the NFL had or saw the in-elevator
video before it was publicly shown. We also found no evidence that a
woman at the NFL acknowledged receipt of that video in a voicemail
message on April 9, 2014.
"We concluded there was substantial information about the incident -
even without the in-elevator video - indicating the need for a more
thorough investigation. The NFL should have done more with the
information it had, and should have taken additional steps to obtain all
available information about the February 15 incident."
The report acknowledges the NFL's recent changes to its Personal Conduct
Policy, and offers several recommendations for additional improvements,
 More training and better supervision for NFL investigators
 The creation of a specialized investigative team for domestic violence and
sexual abuse cases
 Investigative guidelines and standards to encourage more thorough
 Policies requiring more information sharing between the league and NFL
clubs during investigations
The full details of the investigation, the findings and the recommendations, as
well as an executive summary, are available at