Goodell: We are not disclosing that. He can meet with whoever whenever he wishes. He has full access. If he wants to speak to anybody he can do that.
Q: Why didn't you go to the casino for the video of Ray Rice?
Goodell: That is part of what we want to do with our experts. How should we investigate these issues? We've been reliant on working with law enforcement, we don't want to interfere with a criminal investigation. We have to be very cautious. But we'll evaluate that. I would have loved to see that tape. Should we do more in the future?
Q: We found out through one phone call. Can you explain that?
Goodell: I can't explain how you got the information.
Q: Do you regret having Ray Rice and Janay Rice in the room together when you talked to him?
Goodell: Yes. It's part of the learnings that we've had. There are certain proper ways to talk to couples dealing with domestic violence. We've learned that from our experts.
Q: What do you say to Greg Hardy who has been convicted of attacking his girflfriend?
Goodell: We're disappointed. He's convicted, but when he appeals that wipes that out. When do we engage? There was a conviction, it's removed until the jury trial.
Q: When you look on the field, it's a diverse crowd. The players highlighted are African-American. Can you justify not hiring an African-American to look into this?
Goodell: That's not true. We have people of color working on this and have since the beginning. We'll keep evaluating who we need.
Goodell: We have full-time staff, including an African-American woman. We understand the need for diversity.
The press conference has ended.
Goodell: 'Same mistakes can never be repeated'
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.
At a news conference Friday, Goodell made his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. He did not announce any specific changes, but said he has not considered resigning.
"Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong," he said. "That starts with me."
The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough concerning the domestic abuse cases.
The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.
"The same mistakes can never be repeated," he said.
Goodell now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.
He said he believes he has the support of the NFL's owners, his bosses.
"That has been clear to me," he said.
The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines, the others involving Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and Jonathan Dwyer.
Vikings star running back Peterson, Carolina defensive end Hardy and Arizona running back Dwyer are on a special commissioner's exemption list and are being paid while they go through the legal process. McDonald, a defensive end for San Francisco, continues to practice and play while being investigated on suspicion of domestic violence.
As these cases have come to light, such groups as the National Organization of Women and league partners and sponsors have come down hard on the NFL to be more responsive in dealing with them. Congress also is watching to see how the NFL reacts.
In response to the criticism, the NFL announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center.
Goodell also said in a memo to the clubs late Thursday that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. The memo said the league will work with the union in providing the "information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault."
The league will provide financial, operational and promotional support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.