The National Football League has long promoted an aggressive sport reserved for only the toughest men who could handle the rigors of football. Lately, it is the violence committed by these players off the field that is getting the most attention.
In the last week, there has been the release of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, after video emerged of him knocking out his then-fiancé. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted that the NFL hadn’t seen the footage when the decision to suspend him for two games was made, but that has now been disputed.
Minnesota Vikings superstar Adrian Peterson was just recently indicted by a Texas grand jury for swatting his son with a switch that was being used as a discipline tool.
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Also, Greg Hardy, a defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, was just convicted of a July 15th assault on a woman; but he is appealing the ruling.
“We have to go through a very difficult process and he has to go through one, as do other people as well,” Head Coach of the Panthers Ron Rivera said to Fox news. “This is a very serious situation and set of circumstances. We are going to work things our and hopefully we get it right.”
With so many cases cropping up, many believe that Condoleezza Rice should step in and take over for Goodell as Commissioner of the NFL.
“If he lied to the American people, he has to step down,” said Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic senator for New York.
“Roger Goodell has made a mess of it. Time for the former Secretary of State with an intense love of the game to step in and save the NFL,” the Washington Post wrote.
“If it’s a job she wants, with her encyclopedic knowledge of the sport and passion for the game, I have no doubt she’d be great,” said Karl Rove, George W. Bush’s deputy chief of staff.
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