4 p.m.: That’ll do it for Roger Goodell’s news conference, but not without one final zinger from a TMZ representative.
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Stay tuned for plenty more from what was not the commissioner’s finest hour.
3:52 p.m.: CNN’s Rachel Nichols questions Goodell about the propriety of having a law firm with close ties to the NFL hear Ray Rice’s appeal.
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Also, it appears the prankster from a few minutes earlier was Bengy Bronk, a writer for “The Howard Stern Show.”
3:52 p.m.: Wow. A random guy just busted into the conference room and yelled about not wanting to be in an elevator. This is one bizarre afternoon.
3:50 p.m.: Former New England Patriots cornerback Darius Butler has a fitting assessment of this news conference:
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Retired wideout Sidney Rice’s isn’t bad either.
3:43 p.m.: Goodell believes he has the support of the owners: “That’s been clear to me.”
3:38 p.m.: Goodell repeats that the video of the Ray Rice elevator incident was inconsistent with the running back’s description of events.
3:33 p.m.: However:
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3:31 p.m.: Question: “Will you be willing to let go of some of your unilateral power?”
Answer: “Everything is on the table.”
3:26 p.m.: Goodell says he’s establishing a conduct committee to review these new rules and policies, and with that, he begins to take questions.
3:25 p.m.: The NFL will implement new conduct policies, hopefully before the Super Bowl, Goodell says. “Nothing is off the table.”
3:23 p.m.: Goodell says the league “strongly, strongly condemns” domestic violence and will punish “unacceptable” behavior.
3:21 p.m.: All players and team and league employees will undergo training programs aimed at fighting domestic violence
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3:17 p.m.: Goodell opens by reiterating that he “was wrong” in his handling of the Ray Rice situation.
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3:16 p.m.: Goodell steps to the podium. Let’s get this started.
3:11 p.m.: Roger Goodell is late, giving all of Twitter 11 full minutes to make jokes about how Roger Goodell is late.
3 p.m.: The podium remains empty at the moment as reporters await the commissioner’s arrival.
2:05 p.m.: Roger Goodell might be preparing to make a pretty major announcement, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
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1 p.m. ET: Roger Goodell will break his silence Friday afternoon.
The NFL commissioner, who has not addressed the media since participating in two one-on-one interviews last week, will speak on the league’s recent domestic violence issues at 3 p.m. in New York.
Goodell’s address comes after Baltimore’s Ray Rice, Carolina’s Greg Hardy and Arizona’s Jonathan Dwyer were either released or deactivated by their respective teams as a result of domestic violence charges.
Goodell also surely will discuss Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was placed on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list earlier this week after being indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child.
We’ll bring you full coverage of the commissioner’s news conference, beginning at 3 p.m.