NBC Sports commentator Dan Patrick questioned whether NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would use the same standards against himself that he’s used on others, including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“If Roger Goodell is transparent with this, is it something where Roger Goodell would still suspend himself," Patrick asked TODAY's Matt Lauer.
Patrick questioned the timeline that Goodell has provided in the domestic case investigation surrounding Rice. The running back was originally suspended for two games but this week was suspended indefinitely after new surveillance footage surfaced of him knocking his now-wife unconscious in an Atlanta hotel elevator.
“You either make that ruling without seeing the tape, or you didn’t go out and try to find or do your best to see what was on that tape and still make the ruling,” Patrick said of the league's investigation. “I think the NFL has backed itself into a corner here with what happened with Ray Rice.”
Patrick also commented on:
- On whether the NFL and its owners should consider the possibility of losing fans: “When your audience is 44 percent female, you have some people to answer to here and I don’t think we’ve had complete answers, complete transparency."