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Football Follies: NFL Provides a Study in Ethics and Investigations

Joe Mont | September 30, 2014

If there is one lesson that compliance officers know well, it is to learn from others’ mistakes.

The mess that the NFL finds itself in following an act of domestic violence by Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens seems to grow worse by the day. The botched investigation of the incident by the National Football League and fumbled policy statements and penalties for cases of domestic violence are providing case studies for compliance departments on how not to handle such sensitive issues.

The release of casino surveillance tapes showing the star running back punching his future wife has triggered a Watergate-like wave of conspiracy accusations. What did Commissioner Roger Goodell know, and when did he know it? Why was Rice initially suspended for a paltry two games? 

The reputational hit the league suffered continues to mount amid new accusations of domestic violence by other players, paired with what appear to be the slightest of personal repercussions....

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