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BigLaw partner is tapped to investigate NFL's handling of Ray Rice evidence

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The National Football League has hired former FBI director Robert Mueller to investigate its handling of evidence in the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

Mueller led the FBI from 2001 to 2013. He is currently a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., the Baltimore Sun reports.

Overseeing Mueller’s investigation are New York Giants owner John Mara and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney, both of whom are lawyers, the New York Times says.

The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the league received a video of of Rice hitting his then-fiancee from a law enforcement official in April. A spokesperson says the NFL was not aware of anyone who possessed or saw the video before it was made public on Monday. The NFL originally suspended Rice for two games, then made the suspension indefinite after the video surfaced.

Rice played for the Baltimore Ravens. The team’s president, Dick Cass, also worked at WilmerHale, but he wasn’t there at the same time as Mueller, the Baltimore Sun says.

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