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Goodell: NFL closely watching McDonald case

8 months ago September 04, 2014 Sep 4, 2014 Thursday, September 04 2014 Thursday, September 04, 2014 7:24:10 AM EDT in Sports
Source: Associated Press
By: Tim Booth

RENTON, WA - Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL is closely watching San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald's case after the institution of the league's new policy on domestic violence.

Goodell spoke after attending a youth event Wednesday night. Goodell said the league is still waiting to get all the facts in McDonald's case and said any discipline under the new policy would not be applied until the legal system had run its course.

McDonald faces felony domestic violence charges for an incident during his 30th birthday party with teammates and friends Sunday, when police say his alleged victim suffered "visible injuries."

Goodell apologized in his announcement of the new policy last week saying he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension of Baltimore's Ray Rice. Goodell said Wednesday the policy "wasn't where we wanted it and that was my responsibility."

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