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NFL security in spotlight over Ray Rice
NFL security in spotlight over Ray Rice

The furor over former Raven Ray Rice thrust the issue of domestic violence into the spotlight, but it also highlighted a part of football that fans likely spend little time thinking about: the league's security apparatus. Staffed largely by former police and federal law enforcement personnel — often high-ranking ones — the security departments maintained by the league and individual teams have a reputation of being able to work their contacts and launch behind-the-scenes investigations at the first sign of trouble. That explains the derision NFL commissioner Roger Goodell faced this week when he said the league had tried but failed to get the video that was released by...