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Goodell Defends Mueller’s Investigation

In this March 19, 2013, file photo, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on the FBI's budget. The NFL says former FBI director Mueller will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014,  that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers.(AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)
In this March 19, 2013, file photo, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on the FBI’s budget. The NFL says former FBI director Mueller will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

(NBC Sports) – When is an independent investigation not really independent?  It depends.

Actually, it doesn’t.  True independence includes both the ability and willingness to ask questions and to make decisions unfettered by any concern other than getting to the truth.

For investigations that are aimed at securing the confidence of the public at large, the appearance of independence also becomes critical.

Commissioner Roger Goodell blurred those lines while defending on Friday the decision to ask former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice case.

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