Packers coach ‘glad’ Aaron Rodgers comments on NFL domestic violence case were public

Packers coach Matt LeFleur said that he was “glad” Aaron Rodgers’s answer in a Monday night interview was released after several teams complained the NFL refused to release the statement critical of the Green…

Packers coach 'glad' Aaron Rodgers comments on NFL domestic violence case were public

Packers coach Matt LeFleur said that he was “glad” Aaron Rodgers’s answer in a Monday night interview was released after several teams complained the NFL refused to release the statement critical of the Green Bay quarterback.

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LeFleur said that he hadn’t watched the video in question but he is sure that Rodgers wanted it to be public after police in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster began investigating Rodgers and the police chief, Ronald Pinkston, for a confrontation with Pinkston. Pinkston, who said Rodgers was “extremely disrespectful” during a recent verbal altercation, claimed that during their confrontation the quarterback “said he would send Pinkston to hell and that Pinkston would pay for it one day.”

In response to a public records request from the NFLPA, the league came forward and said it would not release the statements made by players and coaches during the review for potential fines and suspensions for domestic violence. The league said on Friday that any communications are sensitive to a criminal investigation and they would not discuss the details. But the NFL said it did not believe the evidence presented in the criminal investigation warranted release and it did not want any information revealing player discipline to remain confidential until the investigation had been concluded.

In his statement, LeFleur said he was “glad” Rodgers’s comments were made public. LeFleur was one of the head coaches to claim that the NFL had not informed them of any punishment. “I was definitely glad to see Aaron’s statement,” LeFleur said. “It was important to him to speak up for the team. I think players recognize there’s things that have to be said. I’m not going to get into where I stand on the subject. But as Aaron and the team have dealt with some issues they’ve had they have handled them. I think it’s important to do that.”

The release of the statements is also the latest twist in the drama surrounding the NFL’s handling of domestic violence cases. New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett was cut on Wednesday following his release from the Cleveland Browns, his fourth team in the past four years. And Ravens linebacker C.J Mosley spoke out against the NFL’s decision not to discipline Rodgers or allow players to testify in a private meeting over domestic violence allegations in Texas.

Bennett was dropped from the Patriots when his firing in Green Bay was announced on Monday. Mosley was told he will not be reinstated by the NFL until after the conclusion of his criminal trial in December, a process that may last three weeks. The Ravens also released their top rusher, Terrance West, on Friday.

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In a Monday night interview, Rodgers said that several teams were unhappy with the league’s handling of the television incident in Dallas.

“There’s definitely more than one team that was upset by what they saw on that tape and felt like it was important that it be known that what they saw was unacceptable,” Rodgers said. “I would hope I’m the first to say something when something’s not right, but after seeing the footage I’ve watched it enough that I know that what was portrayed on the tape was not true.

“I don’t know the details about their internal investigation of what transpired, what they’re doing to address that or if I’m allowed to speak on it at all. I’m not sure what their options are, because I had nothing to do with it. But I’m glad they shared it and I’m glad that this has all been a moot point. I’m glad it’s all been exposed as what it was and I’m glad it’s over.”

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