(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.