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fiancee. >> the choices you make. >> is that what you would say to ray rice or any body? >> ray, any body. i am not better than the next man. i will say i have been down that road. and you know, dealt with the situations. i made my mistakes. >> while brown is now focused on his future. trouble still has the a way of finding him. in august, gunshots erupted in a posh l.a. party brown was hosting. three injured, including shug knight. >> what do you think the future hold for chris brown? >> well, my hope for the future for chris brown is he becomes an oi co oi -- icon. i think he will. >> a hope and dream brown had for himself from the very beginning. >> as long as he continues making great music and continues to show that he is within of the best perform ears ers in the bu. there is no reason why that
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won't beep t the legacy of chri brown. >> there are a mill yn aion art out there. the chris browns of the world are very few. ♪ ♪ >> announcer: tonight on "unwarded with rachel nichols." after a week of silence, nfl commissioner roger goodell finally talks. >> i let myself down. i let everybody else down for. that i'm sorry. >> hall of fame quarterback, jim kelly on fighting for his life. and that fateful day doctors told him he had jaw cancer. >> tears started coming out. because how am i going to till my daughters. how am i going to tell my wife? >> another hall of famer, jerry rice weighs in on the nfl's domestic violence cases. >> it is really disapin thie dio me. when you wear the nfl logo, you have to represent the nfl a
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certain way. >> welcome to "unguarded." another week of scandals in the nfl. fans are jut raoutraged. sponsors are pulling away. and new incidents and stomach turning police reports have just not stopped coming. after nine days out of the public eye, commissioner roger goodell finally gave a news conference this afternoon. take a listen. >> at our best, the nfl sets an example that makes a positive difference. unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the nfl doing wrong. that starts with me. i got it wrong in the handling of the ray rice matter. i am sorry for that. i got it wrong on a number of levels. from the process that i led,
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which is a decision that i reached. but now i will get it right and do whatever is necessary to accomplish that. we will implement new conduct policies. they will have a set of clear and transparent rules for league and club person them, owers, and players. >> now, roger goodell's conference lasted about 45 minutes. i do want to give him kcredit fr standing in the open forum and answering pointed questions. the session did close before another damaging report came out. this time from espn, alleging the ravens were complicit in a cover-up. they knew how bad the ray rice incident was the whole time. we will have how to wait and see the repercussions of that. goodell did address issues, the nfl will be consulting with a panel of experts to complete plea revamp the personal conduct pom see. the approximately see that covers the way players are punished.
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who does the punishing. remember right know it is roger goodell who has some power in the area. he is judge, jury and executioner. so i asked hem today what might change. >> roger you have had extreme unilateral power in determining discipline. you have said, you have gotten wrong in a few cases, that tend to happen when are no checks balances. how willing are you to give up some of the towpower? is that something you are willing to do? >> rachel, as i said in my statement. we are going to look at every s aspect of how we gather information to make the decision, how we make the decision and appeals process. all of that is on the table. all of that is, is, important information that we want outside experts to give us perspective on. and see if there is a better way to do it. we can't continue to operate like this. >> all right, so now i want to bring in one of the other big
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names at the center of this crisis. de morris smith, executive director of the nfl players' association. welcome. >> thank you. >> we heard roger goodell talking about making a significant overhaul of the personal conduct policy. what do you think of that? will the union have any say in how that shapes up? >> well the personal conduct policy is something that, roger and i have spent a tremendous amount of time talking about. perhaps not necessarily agreeing about. but hearing that they intend to have a discussion about overhauling that system is something that the union will have to be a part of. >> year round, you guys are really the nerve center for the players in the nfl. if they need something, they call you. if they get in trouble. they call you. so, what has it been like inside your offices for the past two weeks? >> you know, first and foremost, the message coming from our players is that 99%, the overwhelming majority of our players are good husbands, good
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fathers, good members of their community. and yes, we do have an occasion where people engage in misconduct. and we hate that. i hate that -- that it, that what it means for the relationships that they're in. but i know it doesn't represent the majority of the players. >> as all of the cases have developed. one of the biggest frustration the public had. the nfl seem to be leveeing the punishments with a etch-a-sketch. scribble something out. a public bab lacklash. erase. scribble something out. goodell took steps off to change that. why as a union do you think that has been such a problem, especially with the public trust here? >> look, you not only want to do something to address the issue, but i think you always want to do it in a way where you are -- making sure people understand there is a right process. that people have a belief ein te fairness and just tess of the pthe -- justice of the process.
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>> nothing to have faith in on the side lines watching this. >> have faith in the players. we are going to get this right. one of the reasons we have been thinking what to do to educate and prep vied leadership to our players. things we need to address inment discipline process, system. but have faith in the playersment i have faith in them. i have the pleasure of having the job if i know we will get it right. >> thank you for joining us. we will all be watching closely as the situation unfolds for sure. >> thank you for having me. >> how about changing things up now with a good news football story. haven't heard one of those in a while, right? you will want few stay with us after this break. a very emotional interview with hol hall of fame quarterback, gyms kelly. his triumph over cancer and the people who helped them along the way. >> to see their faces, and cheer, and know they came in there for me. i needed that. right here. with a control pad that can read your handwriting,
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>> congratulations. what did it feel like to sit in that doctor's office and hear those word? >> oh, it was without a doubt incredible. just to tell family that -- everything came back negative. that there was no signs of cancer from, from the parts that were radiated. yeah, definitely makes you feel good. >> it has been such a special couple of months for you. you got to participate in your football camp. you got to go to the hall of fame. what was it like, slipping the hall of fame jacket on again? did it fit? >> no. when i knew i lost 50 pound. i said i better try some of my clothes on. because i, i wear sweats a lot. so, i put that jacket on. my brother looks at me. and goes, what's up? he said you look like grady wilson from "sanford and son"
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that jacket is so big. i started laughing. i go you got to be kidding me. i looked in the mirror, oh, my goodness. had to go get my hall of fame jacket taken in. >> your former teammate, andre reid, inducted. he was great. he used part of his speech, his time up there to talk about you. >> but the toughest individual i have ever met in my life is jim kelly, number 12. [ applause ] jim, you have endured a lot in your life. the loss of a son. and most recently your battle with cancer. you are an in spir ratispiratio you touch. >> when did that toughness form for you, when did you realize how tough you really are? >> probably growing of in the family, six boys. my dad was a boxer, so we would box. and in the garage. put football helmets.
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beat each other. i did that with my daughters? >> not in a football helmet and box with them. >> but when my daughters would fall down. i would see they're not hurt. i would say, get up. you'll be all right. you will be tough. >> you use that expression, kelly tough through out your treatment. it really became a rallying cry. what do you remember from the moments, the conversations, when you first heard those words, you have cancer when the doctor told you? >> it was tough on me. i noticed when he came over and started talking to me. he walked over and shut the door. when he shut the door, i knew it wasn't going to be good news. i walked out of the doctor's office. got to the car. tears started coming out. because how am i going to tell my daughters? how am i going to tell my wife? >> chemotherapy. 35 radiation treatments. is that as brutal as the it sounds? >> when i was going through the first parts of my chemo, my radiation, it was hard.
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at times, six, seven bags hooked up. >> feels good. >> yeah? >> every 15 minutes i was throwing up. and that was probably the toughest part for my wife. because she saw what i was going through. and, there were times she didn't know if i was going to make it. i was in bad shape. >> how did the experiences you had with your son influence you during your treatment? he had died at the age of 8. >> one of the things that probably hurt my wife a liftle bit when i spoke about -- little built when i spoke about. maybe the good lord wants to me to see hunter before you do. she said "don't ever say that." i told him that. hunter, i want to see you, buddy, but i am not done yet. >> not done yet indeed. please stay with us. through this break. we have a lot more from jim kelly including the help he got from a long-time rival,
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>> welcome back to "unguarded" talking to jim kelly about battling the cancer that spread through his jaw, cheekbone and
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nasal cavity. doctors gave kelly great news. he is cancer-free. as he describes it was such a battle to get there. >> what were some of the specific goals you kept in mind in the hospital? in tougher times? >> just get through it. and to be strong. there were times where -- when i was by myself i wasn't very strong. because when you are by yourself, you start thinking, you thinking too much. i don't care if i am a football player, kelly tough whatever it is. i needed some support mentally. >> then when my family would come which was most of the time t it would take my mind off of it. >> just in time. >> dan marino walking through the hospital door. must have been quite a sight. >> i never in a million years thought that, that the outcry,
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the support that i have gotten, i mean, i had people like, burt reynolds call me. ric flair, the wrestler call me. >> and the day you left the hospital. the amazing group of people who are waiting outside for you, clapping. what was that like? >> they were a lot of my friends from buffalo. i was probably at the worst part of my physical being. how i felt. i had no energy. i lost 51 pounds. i felt terrible. i was hurting. my face was radiated so bad that it was completely horrible. but to see their faces, to see their cheer, know they came here for me. i needed that. >> thank you, guys. >> who! [ cheers and applause ] . >> you were showing off to me, you didn't have to shave one half of your facethetic jaw.
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>> yep, removed my upper jaw up into the nasal cavity. lost 75% of my hearing on the left side. i have a prosthesis in. and from the radiation, 35 radiation treatments. it pretty much has taken all the hair off the side of my face. it doesn't grow back any more. >> do you take the jaw out to scare your ny you ask that. when i had my jaw replaced. i told my wife, my kids. don't worry i will never take it out in front of you. guess how long it took me? >> half a day. >> pretty close. a day. probably it was half a day. then i have a little thing. i am never going to do it on camera, sorry about that. but i take it out. my kids call me j.k. swag. because my personality totally changes. i joke with them. i used to chase them around the room. but, i feel good now. except, i'm not used to being,
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weak and frail. i lost a lot of my shoulder, my chest, my arms, i hate feeling weak. but i'm slowly getting into the process of building myself back up. i know it is going to take a long time. but, i'm alive still. that's the main thing. >> amazing story. now you heard kelly say this is all still a process. he is still experiencing some pain. and he is kidding haviconsideri procedure on tissue near his brain. first he is spending time enjoying his family and lease on life. from one hall of famer to another. coming up, 49ers legend, jerry rice and he has strong feelings on the crisis in the nfl and what goodell should do next. >> he has been known as the commissioner to put the hammer down. i think he need to do that now.
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welcome back. if the events of the past couple of weeks made it hard to remember what you love about football, well my next guest will remind you. jerry rice is considered the greatest wide receiver to ever play the game. his career was synonymous with the word elegance and class. so when we spoke earlier, i wanted his take on the crisis facing the nfl. take a listen. >> you are a hall of famer. you love this game as much as anyone. what has it been like for you of all people to turn on the tv every day. hear incident after incident tarnishing your sport? >> it's really disappointing to me. i believe when you wear the nfl logo, when, when that's on your helmet, you have to represent the nfl a certain way. and that's on the football
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field. also off the football field. >> and the man most under fire right now, isn't even the players, the guys under that helmet. may be commissioner roger goodell. what's your take on how he handled everything too. >> i think with roger you, know he has been known as that type of commissioner to really put the hammer down. i think he needs to do that now. and -- let the players know that -- there are consequences if you are -- not representing the nfl the right way. >> it is complicated. i moean your old team, the 49er they have been front and centeren acenter in all of this. they let ray mcdonnald after he was arrested. the decision has been criticized by mayor of san francisco, old quarterback, steve young, harbaugh insisting mcdonald has a right to play until he is charged. what do you think? >> i'm with steve young. ray mcdonald should be off the football field. he should not have the opportunity to continue playing
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right now. domestic violence, you know, it is a very touchy -- conversation, but it is something that we have to address. we have to deal with. >> yeah. there has been so much bad nfl news lately. there has been some nice moments. sprinkled in. with you over the summer. we saw you back in san francisco with guys like steve young and joe montana. you had the fool fincool final game in candlestick park. now with lysol, coach a team on football. healthy habits. nutrition, and exercise. how does it sound when sochl one saone -- someone says coach rice. will you get used to it? >> over the years it was how i treated my body nutritionwise. eating right. doing all the right things. that's the word i am freeing to spread to the younger generation. awe off it can get tricky when we talk about health and football. the nfl recently admitted nearly
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three in ten national football league players will develop debilitating brain conditions like dementia, three in ten. does that change encouraging kids to play this game. >> to be honest with you. my son right now he is trying to play in the nfl. and i am going to support him 100%. i think throughout the process what is happening now. with, with the -- the nfl is trying to do, is to really protect the players. we still know it is a gladiator sport. and very physical. i think the officials are doing an excellent job on trying to cut down on those plays. >> all right. give me the pitch. with all of the things that are challenging about the sport right now, why should we still love football? >> well because even though you have guys right now that, that, that have come to the forefront, and, not, not doing the right things, you still have another percentage of guys, being out there in the community, setting the right example. and they're doing the right
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things off the football field. >> he is certainly right. there are so many good stories in the nfl. let's hope that next week, there are fewer bad ones. all right. that's going to be our show for tonight. follow me on twitter and facebook, and of course find us right back here next friday night on "unguarded" where the end of the game is just the start of the story. good night. i'm susan hendricks at cnn center following breaking news out of rural pennsylvania the hunt for eric frein, the cold war re-enactor who allegedly shot and killed a state trooper. jason carroll from the scene. what have you heard? what's the latest from your sources snr. >> well, what a tense night for the people here in this community. this all starting susan at 7:00. when the first report started coming in of shots being fired in the area, the small town where eric frein grew up. in a wooded


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