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September 10th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Fmr. NFL player Chris Kluwe: Goodell says NFL didn't see Ray Rice video? I don't buy that

(CNN) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS News Tuesday that the league had not previously seen surveillance footage of running back Ray Race knocking his wife unconscious in a hotel elevator.

"I don't buy that," says former NFL player Chris Kluwe. "The NFL as an organization, and Roger Goodell has shown that as commissioner he will stop at nothing to find out all the facts in a case, and then render judgment on that case."
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September 9th, 2014
07:15 PM ET

TMZ's Harvey Levin: Why the heck didn't Godell try to get the Ray Rice video?

(CNN) – Security footage showing Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator existed, and the NFL knew it was out there, says TMZ executive producer and founder Harvey Levin.

"The real issue is why the heck didn't the NFL commissioner seek to get it," Levin said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. TMZ is owned by CNN's parent company.
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September 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Was Hawks owner's email racist, or just business?

(CNN) – A NBA owner who came down hard against former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist remarks is now entangled in his own racial controversy.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is offering to sell his stake in the team, after an email he sent back in 2012 surfaced. In it, he expresses a frustration that the majority of fans going to Hawks games are African American.
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September 8th, 2014
06:03 PM ET

Analyst: New Ray Rice tape irrelevant, NFL knew about the violence back in February

(CNN) – He's an NFL star who was suspended for just two games and even called a "heck of a guy" by his coach after a violent confrontation with his wife in a casino elevator.

But now that video has surfaced showing exactly what went down in that elevator, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's NFL career may be over.
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September 5th, 2014
05:30 PM ET

Seahawks' Richard Sherman on his time with 'Barack'

(CNN) – Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman is taking advantage of all the interest generated in him after a playoff rant last year.

In the last six months, he has done several commercials, stopped in for a few visits to the White House, and even recreated his famous sideline interview with first lady Michelle Obama.

"That was a great time," Sherman told CNN. "Meeting Barack, and getting a chance to chat it up." The defensive back laughed heartily when teased about his first name basis the President.
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