Goodell Defends NFL's Role in N.Y. Probe
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters Monday night that the league has been cooperative with the police investigation of the Plaxico Burress shooting.
"It's a police matter, so we're supportive of the police, and we'll do whatever they need to cooperate," Goodell said at the Monday night game, according to the Associated Press. "I expressed that to the mayor and to the chief of police. We're held accountable to the laws of the land, and so are our players."
Some police officials criticized the initial involvement of the New York Giants and the NFL in the matter, saying they should have reported the shooting more promptly. Goodell said he disagrees with any suggestion that the league ever slowed the investigation.
"We have security directors who are former law enforcement people, or worked with law enforcement, and were fully cooperative," Goodell said, according to the AP. "I spoke to chief of police myself and he said we've been perfectly cooperative and we appreciate that.
"We're not going to hide anything from anybody. We're very direct about it."
Goodell also indicated he's confident that the NFL's suspensions of five players last week for testing positive for a banned diuretic eventually will be upheld. A federal judge blocked the suspensions at least temporarily on Friday, indicating he needed more time to consider a case brought by the players' union challenging the suspensions.
"The players understand that you are held responsible for anything that's in your body," Goodell said, according to the AP. "We have been very clear that if you take something which is unregulated, there's a danger."
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