The Latest: Goodell says league ‘won’t tolerate racism’

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The Vince Lombardi trophy is seen before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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The latest on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference (all hours PST):

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12:45 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will take discrimination seriously if it finds teams have violated this principle.

Goodell says “we will not tolerate racism. We will not tolerate discrimination.

Goodell says the league will look to see if any policies need to be changed after another offseason where the number of minority coaches hasn’t increased.

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12:45 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell defended the league using an oral report from an outside investigator on the Washington Football Club at the time.

Goodell did not respond to questions about whether the results of the new investigation into Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder will be released in a written report.

The commissioner says the oral report was used to ensure that anyone wishing to protect the identity of anyone wishing to speak to investigators in private. Goodell says the “vast majority” of people entered the survey knowing that their names would not be made public. He says those willing to go public testified last week in Congress.

Goodell says the NFL accepted all of the investigator’s recommendations in the oral report as well as a system of checks to ensure Washington follows through on the changes.

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12:45 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he “takes responsibility” for the league’s struggles to improve diversity in coaching and other high-level positions on teams and in the league.

Goodell says that as a league, there is no topic that has been “discussed more frequently” in the past five years other than growing diversity.

Goodell says the league needs to make sure “we’re doing everything we can to be more successful.”

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12:40 p.m.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said personal conduct applies to everyone in the NFL and the league has people making bad decisions in other markets.

New Orleans running back Alvin Kamara was arrested after the Pro Bowl in Las Vegas last weekend, and the Las Vegas Raiders also had a few incidents with players last season.

Goodell says the NFL security team was contacted by Las Vegas police just before the Pro Bowl. The police told the security team that they wanted to meet Kamara after the game. Goodell says the security team made sure that happened, doing what the police asked them to do.

Kamara is now out of jail after being arrested over the weekend on a felony charge alleging he beat and injured someone at a Las Vegas nightclub.

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12:35 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he and other league officials met with media mogul Byron Allen about his interest in buying the Denver Broncos and bringing diversity to ownership.

The NFL has no black majority owners and only two minority owners with Shad Khan in Jacksonville and Kim Pegula, who owns the Bills with her husband.

Goodell says there are other minority candidates interested in buying teams.

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12:35 p.m.

Roger Goodell says the integrity of the game is obviously an important key for the NFL as much as making sure the league has the right culture.

Commissioner says NFL will look into allegations made by former Miami coach Brian Flores in his lawsuit alleging racism in the league and that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross offered him $100,000 a game to lose in 2019 to help the team’s draft status. Goodell says any violation will not be tolerated. He refused to speculate and wants to know the facts. But Goodell says they will take these issues very seriously.

When asked if an owner could be forced to sell a team, Goodell said he believed individual league club owners had the power to remove an owner from the NFL.

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12:30 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is “not doing a good enough job” of increasing diversity in senior positions on teams and in the league.

Goodell says the league believes in “diversity as a value” and has made the league stronger. Goodell says the league will look to find other ways to improve policies and procedures and determine what can be done to ensure teams and the league are “attracting top talent.”

The league has come under fire following a lawsuit alleging racism during the hiring of former Miami coach Brian Flores.

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12:30 p.m.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL needs to understand what happened in the alleged sexual harassment of Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder.

The NFL announced hours after Washington said the team had hired an outside investigator to investigate allegations made by former team employee Tiffani Johnston. She told Congress that Snyder touched her thigh at a team dinner and pushed her to his limo with his hand on her lower back years ago.

Goodell says the inquiry will deal with this in the most serious way to preserve the kind of culture they want in the NFL. He says he doesn’t see any way a team can investigate on its own and the league will bring in an outside expert. He says they will treat this seriously and move on.

The commissioner was also asked if Snyder had tried to prevent the publication of details of an earlier investigation into Washington. Goodell says he couldn’t explain the legal agreement, but didn’t interfere with anything the NFL did with the investigation and the outcome.

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12:25 p.m.

The NFL will play a regular season game in Munich, Germany next season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement during his annual Super Bowl press conference.

The league has broadened its horizons in Europe after years of only playing games that matter in England. The 2022 game will be part of a four-game overseas series which will also include matches in London.

The league will play one additional match in Munich and two in Frankfurt over the next four seasons.

Participating teams will be announced when the schedule is released in the spring.

Goodell also says the league will return to Mexico City next season.

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12:20 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says it’s “surreal” to be back in Los Angeles for a Super Bowl for the first time in 29 years after years without a team in the nation’s second-biggest market.

The NFL returned to Los Angeles in 2016, and SoFi Stadium opened last season as the home of the Rams and Chargers. Goodell says he thinks Los Angeles will be a “regular Super Bowl stop” because of the state-of-the-art stadium.

The next three Super Bowls will be played in Arizona, Las Vegas and New Orleans with the February 2026 game the next available.

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12:15 p.m.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said the NFL could not yet draw conclusions on whether the interview process itself was flawed in trying to increase the number of minority coaches in the league.

Goodell says the NFL shouldn’t jump to conclusions without first reviewing the process. He says he doesn’t think they can take anything off the table. But he says if there’s something wrong with the process, the league needs to know how to fix it.

The commissioner noted that the NFL had created a database providing owners with information on a variety of candidates. He says the NFL has reviewed the process. He says he’s not taking anything off the table and he believes outside experts can be very helpful to the league.

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12:10 p.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he is frustrated that the league still faces questions about diversity in hiring coaches and executives despite improvement efforts.

Goodell says the league “failed” in terms of increasing the number of minority head coaches this offseason, with the league still having only five minority coaches after two were fired and two were hired this offseason.

Goodell says the league will bring in experts to review the Rooney Rule and other policies to see what the league can do to increase minority hiring.

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11:40 a.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell prepares to hold his annual Super Bowl press conference with the NFL over questions about diversity in coaching and the treatment of women.

The league is facing a lawsuit from former Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores who alleged racist hiring practices for coaches and general managers and says the league remains ‘riddled with racism’ even though she condemns it publicly.

The NFL still has only five minority coaches after the last hiring season.

The league also resumed an investigation into the alleged sexual harassment of Washington Commanders owner Daniel Snyder, saying the league, not the team, will hire an investigator to conduct the investigation.

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