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Ngata: Ray Rice would be "Great Addition" To Lions

National Football League(DETROIT, Mi.) -- Just days after being traded to Detroit, Haloti Ngata has one recommendation to improve the team.

In an interview with WXYT Detroit, Ngata was asked about former Ravens running back Ray Rice and whether he would fit in with Detroit.

"I've never hung out with him off-field, but he's a great guy," Ngata said. "He's a great guy on the field, in the locker room. He's a great community guy. He does a lot for the community, and so of course I think he would be a great addition to this team. I love playing with him, I trusted him. You feel bad for his situation. You just hope nothing but the best for him."

Ngata, Rice's former teammate in Baltimore, was traded to the Lions Tuesday for a fourth and fifth-round pick in upcoming NFL draft.

Rice is currently a free agent after winning an appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL.

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Ray Rice Apologizes to Ravens Fans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice issued an apology to fans in a letter issued to The Baltimore Sun on Friday.

Rice was suspended by the NFL after punching his then-fiancée in an elevator and is trying to find his way back onto an NFL team this season. 

"The last seven years that my family and I have spent in Baltimore have by far been the best of our lives," Rice said in the letter. "From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for the love and support you've shown my family and I throughout my football career. We'll always be grateful for the love we've received from all of our fans and supporters, and for winning a Super Bowl."

"To all the kids who looked up to me, I'm truly sorry for letting you down, but I hope it's helped you learn that one bad decision can turn your dream into a nightmare," the letter continued. "There is no excuse for domestic violence, and I apologize for the horrible mistake I made. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, and I hope to make a positive difference in people's lives by raising awareness of this issue."

The Sun reported that Rice plans on moving to New York while he waits for the NFL team to come calling.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Roger Goodell Discusses Deflate-Gate

Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed 'Deflate-Gate' for the first time since news came out after the AFC Championship game that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used were under the league standard of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch on Friday.

Goodell has let the investigation take place and said that an announcement would be after Ted Wells has come to a conclusion.

"It has been a tough year," Goodell said. "It's been a tough year on me personally. It's been a year of what I would say is humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly, adversity for me. It's an opportunity for us to get better. ... We've all done a lot of soul searching starting with yours truly."

"We don't know enough in this case to know who is responsible or if there was an infraction," he added.

The NFL has been under a microscope since the Ray Rice elevator incident when he knocked out his then fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"This is my job," Goodell said when asked if he would apologize to the Patriots if they weren't found guilty of deflating any of the 11 footballs. "This is my responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams. All of us want to make sure the rules are being followed."

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Mueller's Ray Rice Report Flags NFL’s Effort to Get Videotape

NFL Shield (NFL)(NEW YORK) -- The NFL's investigation into the domestic abuse case involving Ray Rice lacked thoroughness, according to a report released Thursday by former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“The NFL should have done more with the information it had, and should have taken additional steps to obtain all available information about the Feb. 15 incident,” Mueller said in a statement accompanying the report.

The report says no one at the NFL saw the video of the former Ravens star punching his now-wife in the Revel casino elevator before it was posted to TMZ, but Mueller’s report suggested the NFL didn’t try very hard to obtain it.

“League investigators did not contact any of the police officers who investigated the incident, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, or the Revel to attempt to obtain or view the in-elevator video or to obtain other information. No one from the League asked Rice or his lawyer whether they would make available for viewing the in-elevator video they received as part of criminal discovery in early April," Mueller wrote.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS Sept. 10, “On multiple occasions, we asked for it. And on multiple occasions we were told no.”

The NFL released a statement by Goodell that did not directly address Mueller's claim that the commissioner's office did not try very hard to obtain the elevator video, but said, "We accept his findings and recommendations."

"We have all learned a great deal in the past months and expect to be judged by how we lead going forward on issues of domestic violence and sexual assault," the statement said.

The NFL and Goodell came under scathing criticism for initially punishing Rice, a star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, with just a two-game suspension. After the surveillance video became public, Goodell acknowledged falling short and suspended Rice indefinitely from the NFL.

Who was contacted by the NFL and when they were contacted have become central focuses of the domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the league and, for a time, jeopardized the commissioner’s career atop the most valuable sports organization in the country. Goodell, who has apologized repeatedly, has insisted efforts were made to find out what Rice had done to Janay Palmer, now his wife.

Mueller’s report said, “Had the League undertaken a more substantial investigation, it may have gathered available information about the incident, possibly including the in-elevator video prior to its public release.”

The report is flawed because the Associated Press, which reported a woman at the league confirmed receipt of the video in an April 9 telephone call, declined to cooperate.

"We have reviewed the report and stand by our original reporting," said Kathleen Carroll, the AP's executive editor.

The Atlantic City Police Department also declined to cooperate with Mueller's investigation, and those are the two parties who possibly would have been able to provide evidence that the NFL had or saw the in-elevator video before it was publicly shown.

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Ravens Head of Security Charged with Sex Offense

National Football League(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens head of security Darren Sanders was charged Tuesday night with a fourth degree sexual offense, according to law enforcement.

Sanders, a former Baltimore police homicide detective who has been a member of the Ravens organization for more than ten years, is accused of groping a woman and pressing against her inside the stadium after a December game.

ESPN reports that Sanders has been put on paid leave, which is in line with the NFL's personal conduct policy. He also won't travel with the team when they head to Pittsburgh for the team's first playoff game against the Steelers on Saturday.

If convicted, Sanders could face a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. His lawyer denies the claims. A hearing is set for Feb. 9.

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Rice Wins Appeal, Is Reinstated

(NEW YORK) --  Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal of an indefinite suspension from the NFL and has been reinstated into the league.

The 27-year-old Rice is now free to sign with any NFL team.

"I would like to thank Judge Barbara Jones, the NFL Players Association, my attorneys, agents, advisors, family, friends and fans -- but most importantly, my wife Janay," Rice said in a statement released by the NFLPA on Friday. "I made an inexcusable mistake and accept full responsibility for my actions.

"I am thankful that there was a proper appeals process in place to address this issue. I will continue working hard to improve myself and be the best husband, father and friend, while giving back to my community and helping others to learn from my mistakes."

Rice received an indefinite suspension from the league on Sept. 8 when it was found he violated the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video surfaced of him hitting his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer.

Rice was originally suspended two games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the incident.

Rice appealed the indefinite suspension, saying the NFL couldn't suspend him a second time for conduct the league already knew about.

Rice has played in six NFL seasons, all with the Ravens. During that time he's rushed for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns while also catching 369 balls for 3,034 yards and six touchdowns.

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Ravens Owner Disputes Ray Rice Report By ESPN

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) -- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti disputed a report by ESPN regarding the organization’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse case.

ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported on Friday that Bisciotti, Ravens president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to be lenient in his punishment of Rice.

“It’s Ray’s attorney, its Ray’s agent, and it’s Ray’s friends,” Bisciotti said. “They are building a case for reinstatement and the best way to build a case for reinstatement is to make everyone else look like they’re lying.”

The Ravens parted ways with Rice following the release of a video by TMZ that showed the running back striking his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel hotel in Atlantic City.  The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games, then changed course and handed him an indefinite ban following the publication of the video. 

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Ray Rice to Appeal Suspension

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension for his domestic violence case and then released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely after TMZ Sports released a video tape of him hitting his wife in an Atlantic City, New Jersey elevator in February.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he did not get the suspension right and later instituted a six-game suspsension and a lifetime ban for a seond domestic violence offense.

Rice must file the appeal by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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Ravens Pummel Steelers Amidst Rice Distraction

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- If the Baltimore Ravens were distracted by the controversy surrounding former teammate Ray Rice, they didn't show it Thursday night.

Joe Flacco threw for two touchdowns and Justin Tucker made all four of his field goal attempts as the Ravens pummeled the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-6.

Raven players fielded questions all week about former teammate Ray Rice, who was released by the team and then indefinitely suspended by the NFL for domestic violence. A video was released by TMZ Sports Monday showed Rice knocking out his then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer during a dispute.

The Ravens showed quickly that they were ready to play Thursday when Flacco found tight end Owen Daniels for a two yard touchdown pass on their first drive of the game. The next time the Ravens received the ball, they drove it 65 yards before Justin Tucker hit a 30 yard field goal. Flacco finished the game completing 21-of-29 passes for 166 yards.

Ben Roethlisberger was sacked twice and completed 22-of-37 passes for 217 yards and an interception for Pittsburgh (1-1) in the loss.


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Janay Rice Defends Her Husband, Slams Media

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Janay Rice is not happy about the media showing the TMZ Sports video tape from February, which shows her being punched twice in the face in an elevator by former Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Rice was released by the Ravens on Monday and then suspended indefinitely by the NFL.

In a statement posted to the social network, Instagram, Rice said she doesn't believe her husband deserved to be released.

Here's the full statement:

"I woke up this morning feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," she wrote in an Instagram post. "But to have to accept the fact that it's reality is a nightmare itself. No one knows the pain that the media & unwanted options from the public has caused my family. To make us relive a moment in our lives that we regret everyday is a horrible thing."

"To take something away from the man I love that he has worked his ass off for all his life just to gain ratings is horrific. THIS IS OUR LIFE! What don't you all get. If your intentions were to hurt us, embarrass us, make us feel alone, take all happiness away, you've succeeded on so many levels. Just know we will continue to grow & show the world what real love is! Ravensnation we love you!"

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