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Verizon Backs NFL’s Goodell, Plans to Help on Domestic Violence

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is a man of “very high integrity,” the head of mobile-video partner Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) said, pledging to help the league develop a program to combat domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice controversy.

The mobile-phone company has a leading domestic-violence awareness program that Goodell’s NFL is seeking to emulate, Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said today at a conference in New York. Verizon’s team is meeting with the NFL on the matter, McAdam said.

Goodell is facing calls from women’s advocacy groups to step down over his handling of former Baltimore Raven Rice’s assault of his fiancee. The NFL said yesterday that former FBI DirectorRobert Mueller will conduct an independent probe into the league’s handling of the case.

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