The Baltimore Ravens hit back at damning allegations, insisting there was no cover-up of the Ray Rice domestic assault case.
During a press conference Monday, team owner Steve Bisciotti said ESPN's damning report - that the team knew about the video tape of Ray Rice knocking out his now-wife, just hours after the attack - is nothing but lies and an attempt to get Rice reinstated by those close to him.
But there was something else that caught CNN's Erin Burnett's attention. Bisciotti said it's a bad idea to instate a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence:
"You can bet there are some opportunistic people out there that are going to look at this zero tolerance place we're getting to, and they're going to say this is really easy to threaten and get some money because the minute I threaten he gets cut," Bisciotti said.
Is the Raven's owner forgetting who the victim is here?
CNN is learning more about the victim in that attack - Janay Rice - from those who know her best.
Suzanne Malveaux is OutFront.
A source within the Baltimore Ravens organization tells CNN that a Ravens official knew that former running back Ray Rice knocked out his now-wife and knew there was video evidence of it just hours after the incident occurred.
This latest information comes as embattled NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell broke his silence Friday to address the domestic abuse cases that have consumed his league over the past 10 days.
Speaking at a Manhattan news conference amid calls for his resignation, Goodell announced a sweeping policy to counter domestic abuse and sexual assault, mandating all players and staff on the league's 32 teams undergo education and training about how to prevent abuse.
All the uproar, started with the elevator surveillance video of Rice abusing his now-wife. A crime that initially cost rice just two games. Goodell apologized for failing his fans.
"I got it wrong in the handling of the Ray Rice matter and I'm sorry for that," Goodell said. "I'm not satisfied with the way we handled it from the get-go. I made a mistake. I'm not satisfied with the process we went through. I'm not satisfied with the conclusion."
CNN's Miguel Marquez has more.
Where is Roger Goodell?
That is what many are wondering as criticism grows over the NFL's handling of domestic assault cases. It's been nine days since the NFL commissioner spoke to CBS News about the Ray Rice incident. Since he last spoke publicly, endorsement deals have been pulled and at least five players have been benched.
Goodell has remained silent even as we learn of new and disturbing allegations of abuse at the hands of NFL players.
CNN's Miguel Marquez has more.
The National Players Association says it has filed an appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension by the NFL.
NFLPA Statement below:
Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.
- NFL Players Association
The president of the association told CNN's Erin Burnett that the organization has an obligation to defend its members. He was clear that Rice has been disciplined multiple times by the NFL commissioner and should be able to play again.
CNN's Miguel Marquez is OutFront with more on why the Association feels it has a case against the league and its commissioner Roger Goodell.
Research firm IEG estimates the NFL brings in more than a billion dollars a year in sponsorship money alone. Despite the league's scandals, no major sponsor has dropped its support, but some are coming under fire.
CoverGirl is one of them. It is the "official beauty sponsor" of the NFL. Some critics are so upset with the NFL and Cover Girl, they are posting a photoshopped version online of the magazine's Baltimore Ravens "makeup look." The meme shows the model with a black eye.
CoverGirl has recently taken down its "NFL Game Face" website.
Below is a response from CoverGirl's parent company, Procter and Gamble:
As a brand that has always supported women and stood for female empowerment, COVERGIRL believes domestic violence is completely unacceptable. We developed our NFL program to celebrate the more than 80 million female football fans. In light of recent events, we have encouraged the NFL to take swift action on their path forward to address the issue of domestic violence. – Laura Brinker, P&G Spokesperson