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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Goodell says NFL was 'lied to' in 'bounty' probe

FROM: REDZONE.org

Commissioner Roger Goodell made it clear the league wasn't happy about being deceived during its investigation of the Saints bounty scandal.

"This went on for three years, and it was investigated. We were misled, there were denials throughout that period," Goodell told NFL Network's Rich Eisen in a live interview. "Clearly, we were lied to. We investigated this back in 2010. We were told it was not happening, and it continued for another two years."

"I don't think you can be too hard on people that put at risk our players' health and safety," Goodell said. "That is a critical issue for us. ... We always protect that.

"It is clear that this policy was violated," Goodell added. "We took action as quickly as we could but wanted to be thorough and fair."

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