Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resign?

Sep 10th 2014 2:46PM 105Comments
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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife Janay during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife Janay during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Maine Governor Paul LePage in his officeMaine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
  • NFL Meetings FootballNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at a press conference at the NFL’s spring meeting, Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Atlanta. Goodell has been criticized for suspending Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games following a domestic incident at a N.J. hotel.
  • Ravens Rice FootballJanay Rice listens as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, not pictured, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice enters an NFL football news conference with his wife Janay, back right,, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, leaves a NFL football news conference with his wife Janay, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife Janay during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, left, looks back as he hugs his father-in-law Joe Palmer after an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ravens Rice FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pauses as he speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Rice and his wife Janay spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his then-fiance at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • APTOPIX Ravens RiceJanay Rice, back left, looks on as her husband, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, speaks during an NFL football news conference, Friday, May 23, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. Ray Rice spoke to the media for the first time since his arrest for assaulting his fiance, now his wife, at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Ray Rice Arrest FootballBaltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University standout, Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., Thursday, May 1, 2014. After Rice and Janay Palmer got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino, both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Ray Rice Arrest FootballBaltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice, second from left, and his attorney Michael Diamondstein stand during Rice’s arraignment at the Atlantic County Courthouse Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Mays Landing, N.J. Rice’s wife Janay Palmer is seated at right. After Rice and Palmer got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino, both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Tom Gralish, Pool)
  • Ray Rice Arrest FootballBaltimore Ravens football player and former Rutgers University standout, Ray Rice holds hands with his wife Janay Palmer as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., Thursday, May 1, 2014. After Rice and Janay Palmer got into a physical altercation on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino, both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
  • Ravens Camp FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice removes his jersey after a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)
  • Ravens Camp FootballBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice walks off the field after a training camp practice, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo)
  • Chris ChristieBANGOR, ME – AUGUST 12: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Maine Governor Paul LePage greet one another before a tour of C & L Aerospace in Bangor on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. (Photo by Carl D. Walsh/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
  • San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium Ribbon Cutting CeremonySANTA CLARA, CA – JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)

By RYAN GORMAN

Calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down are growing louder by the day as the fallout from the Ray Rice assault scandal continues to damage the league’s reputation – but should he resign?

Goodell is a lifelong NFL employee who worked his way from being an intern to running the world’s richest sports league. His reputation was built on meting out tough punishments to misbehaving players, but his bungling of the Rice incident may have irreversibly tarnished the commissioner.

The National Organization for Woman calling Wednesday for Goodell resign is only the latest dent in his armor.

Many Americans were infuriated when he originally handed down only a two-game suspension to the former Ravens running back after he pleaded guilty to hitting then-fiancee Jenay Parker in an Atlantic City elevator and dragging her unconscious body into a hallway.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, by comparison, received a season-long ban for smoking marijuana. Gordon is not known to have assaulted or harmed anyone while high.

Rice’s ban was made indefinite this week, but only after TMZ released previously unseen video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee in the elevator and the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract.

Some politicians have, in varying degrees, supported a changing of the guard at the league’s posh Park Avenue office.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) told The Hill when asked if Goodell should resign that “he should consider it seriously.”

Others have said that domestic violence has no place in the league, and that leadership needs to take more care in how it handles these issues – but stopped short of saying the commissioner should resign, at least on the record.

Forbes magazine published an op-ed Wednesday: “It’s Time For Roger Goodell To Resign As Commissioner Of The NFL.”

ESPN’s Keith Olbermann did not show the same restraint. He repeatedly called for Goodell and other to resign during a Monday night segment on his primetime show.

“Each of them must be expelled or leave from their current positions.”

The Washington Post suggested the only way to save the NFL is to put former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in charge.

The Post’s call to arms cited a 2002 New York Times report in which Condoleeza Rice expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the job, and even called it her “dream job.”

“That’s absolutely right,” she told the Times. “I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football, with all due respect to baseball, is a kind of national pastime that brings people together across social lines, across racial lines. And I think it’s an important American institution.”

Despite all of this, Goodell said in a CBS News interview Tuesday that he will not step down.

The most vocal of Goodell’s supporters has so far been ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. The boisterous talking head emphatically defended the commissioner, saying he should not have to step down.

Do you think Goodell needs to step down? Tell us in the comments and answer our poll

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21 Responses to “Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resign?”

  1. steftebowfan says:

    I think Goodell thinks he walks on water! He covers up and supports bad boys (Rice and others), trys to tell teams who to hire (Watkins) and who not to hire (Tebow). He must think he is God ! My motto from the Bible is He who exalts himself should be brought down and he who humbles himself shall be exalted !
    Good bye Good ell!

    • David Oliver says:

      AMEN !

      Yes, he and his NFL Puppet Masters are too busy enforcing
      the NFL Blackball of Tim Tebow – to care much about these
      other matters.. THEIR – Priorities must be in proper alignment!

      FIRST = Keep these TOO Visible Christians – OUT OF THE NFL !!

    • ck says:

      Stefebowfan: Agree 100%!

      • SB says:

        I certainly agree that Goddell needs to go as a result of this, but bringing Tebow into this conversation is beyond stupid. How could either of you know if Goddell has told teams not to sign Tebow? The answer is, you can’t, so don’t throw around completely unfounded accusations that you can’t backup. And I would guess that IF Goddell spoke to teams about him, it was to encourage someone to sign him. He was good for the league as far as his image and charity, which Goddell has spoken highly of. And more importantly, to Goddell, he was a ratings goldmine. There’s no way Goddell wants him out of the league. And since you want to reference the bible, doesn’t it also talk about false witnesses and accusations?

        • andrea says:

          There is a report out there that the NFL called various teams to see if they could put Michael Sam on a practice squad.

          I have seen not one report in two years that Goodell has made any attempt to get Tebow on any football team – not even a practice squad.

          Please share where you are getting this insightful information that Goodell even remotely cares about Tim Tebow.

          I do not understand your Christian bashing.

          • SB says:

            Whoah!! Where did I at all bash any Christians? I merely called someone out for accusing someone of something they had no way to know and no proof of, and also a pretty ridiculous accusation at that.

            I’m as big of a Tebow fan as anyone…no one believes in him more than I do. But for anyone to think that Goddell was actively conspiring to keep Tebow out of the NFL is not only absurd, but stupid. And I usually do not use that word lightly. And Michael Sam has nothing to do with Tebow. Moreover, just because he asked teams to consider Sam does not mean he didn’t do the same with Tebow. I have no idea if he did, but doesn’t mean he didn’t.

            And here’s my insightful info you asked for, which you could’ve easily googled yourself…

            http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1637158-tim-tebow-receives-praise-from-nfl-commissioner-roger-goodell

            http://www.denverpost.com/ci_19575722

            http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_20316466/tim-tebow-roger-goodell

            Buzzy Says : Thanks I like thease Links SB.

          • ck says:

            Thanks Andrea for backing us up.

            Note: Just b/c Goodell stated what others wanted to hear does not mean his actions have lined up! And believe that he DID, IN FACT, give favored status to certain players!!! What is “STUPID” is someone believing that Goodell is BLAMELESS when his actions have proven otherwise time and again!!! (Tip of the proverbial iceburg in this case!) Guess it is widely known that everything Elrot and Rotten Ryan STATED was also the ABSOLUTE TRUTH…NOT!!! The NFL is full of lies, lies, and more lies–look at what is stated versus what is done!!! As observed, ACTIONS DO NOT LINE UP AND IT IS FINALLY EVIDENT FOR FANS TO SEE THE OBVIOUS DUE TO WHAT A SHAM THE NFL HAS BECOME AND CONTINUES TO BE OVERTLY AS WELL AS COVERTLY!!! JUST LOOK AT ALL THE DIRTY DEALS BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AND THEN SOME!!! WHAT A CESS POOL AND, YES, IT IS BIBLICAL WHEN IT STATES THAT “BE SURE YOUR SIN WILL FIND YOU OUT!” (Numbers 32:23 and you can definitely GOOGLE THAT TOO!)
            IT WILL BE EVEN MORE APPARENT W/GOODELL FORCED TO RESIGN DUE TO THE BACKLASH CALLING FOR THE SAME, THEN MAYBE THE OWNERS WILL SEE THE LIGHT LIKE Rickdove has so aptly expressed!!!
            Anyway, I reserve the right to agree to disagree w/SB.

        • David Oliver says:

          “By Their Fruits” (of Significant Action – Not lip Service)
          ” YE SHALL KNOW THEM! “

          Mr. Goddell takes his Orders from THE OWNERS – and is Obedient!

          The NFL Controllers give EVIDENCE of Many Multiple Overt Actions and Arm – Twisting :
          Which HAS BEEN HEAVY and GRACIOUS ON BEHALF of NFL Players – who are Thugs, Wife Abusers, Criminals, Murderers, Drunks, Drug Users etc. Or whose life-style is “trendy”
          AND WHICH – lines up with Their Current, Liberal, “Political Correctness” and which coincidentally
          is also ANTI-CHRISTIAN…

          I believe anyone with any Common Sense – can recognize this whole picture IS Orchestrated – and it would be impossible for Mr. Goddell in his position as NFL Commissioner, NOT TO BE A LEADING PLAYER –
          and in this case their CO –Conspirator: “Fall Guy” – If Necessary!

          IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS !

          A WAKE-UP CALL THUS IS NECESSARY – BOYCOTT THE NFL – UNTIL THIS
          TRAVEST – IS UNDONE!

          FOR: THE EVIDENCE FOR ACTION – BY THOSE IN POWER ON BEHALF OF this,
          Unique – Bold FOR CHRIST – TIM TEBOW – NFL QB, who in the time that
          he had to show OFF his stuff and his GREAT resultant comparative QB STATS:

          HAS BEEN ZERO – and THIS EVIDENCE OF INACTION – SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS, AND JUST AS LOUD AS THE NFL ACTIONS ON BEHALF OF THE NFL THUGS THEY HAVE – ACTIVELY PROTECTED !!

  2. ck says:

    Now who has the circus?

  3. Rickdove says:

    Roger Goodell may release the ‘tebow-ban’ on the owners to change the topic of conversation. God works in mysterious ways.

  4. SB says:

    CK – Are you reading what you’re saying and more importantly, are you reading what I’m saying? I completely agree with you about Goddell needing to go for how he mishandled this Ray Rice case. In fact, my prediction was that Goddell would resign before Sunday as a result of all of this, which now looks unlikely.

    But for you and others to say that Goddell conspired to keep Tebow out of the league when there is NOTHING to suggest that, is “stupid”. And to claim to know the insincerity of his own words about Tebow, when there is nothing to show otherwise, is again, stupid. Bottomline, yes, I believe teams have screwed Tebow over by not bringing him for BS reasons, but I do not believe that had anything to do with Goddell. And, of course, Rex Ryan was full of crap…his actions proved that. But with Goddell, he has no actions (that we know of) to contradict his words about Tebow, unlike Rex Ryan. So, no, I don’t believe everything I hear.

    Goddell needs to fired and I hope he is. It is pretty clear from what we know that he lied about the Ray Rice evidence. I have no idea why he would do that. Was it preferential treatment? Was it complete and utter incompetence? Could be one or the other, or a little of both.

    And Andrea didn’t back anything up because she sited absolutely no facts to suggest it as true. All she did was make herself look as stupid as you. However, I think you definitely win that one, hands down!

    Buzzy Says : Stop slaming other users They have the right to say what they want about the posted item but not about other users, The comments are about the posted Item.

    • ck says:

      SB: Do u read what you obviously post and if so, you might have to eat those words at some point! Will agree to disagree once again even though you seem intent on mislabeling others who don’t agree on your brand of not so bright opinionated rhetoric as well…hmmmmmmmmmm:(
      Hard to believe this comes from someone who thought it their business to harshly criticize Buzzy despite his being quite lenient where you were concerned…takes a bigger person so, I credit Buzzy for that one!
      However, for purposes of entertainment, your posts are appreciated.

      Bottomeline: Goodell lied and YOU stated it as such which contradicts what you have attributed to Goodell…IF HE IS WILLING TO LIE THEN WHAT ELSE IS WE WILLING TO DO AS THAT CONSTITUTES NEGATIVE ACTIONS THAT HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES IN REGARDS TO PLAYERS ETC.!!! “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!”

      • ck says:

        Oh well, spelled bottom line incorrectly for what it is worth…sticking to the topic at hand instead of attcking is preferable, lol!

        • SB says:

          Yes, I do read what I post. And what words will I be eating, exactly? I’m not trying to slam anyone or even be a smartass, but I truly do not understand where you’re coming from. From what I can gather, it sounds like we all agree that Goddell has not been honest about aspects of the Ray Rice case and should therefore, be gone. However, apart from that, you’re saying that you seem to somehow know that Goddell has conspired with teams to keep Tebow out of the league, despite evidence (or even rumor of it) to support that claim. Furthermore, you seem to know his state of mind when making public, positive comments about Tebow to know that they are insincere words.

          Lastly, yes, I said that it appears Goddell was dishonest about aspects of the RR case. But that has absolutely nothing to do with Tebow, so it does not contradict what I said. How do you not see that? Let me help you…that would be like me running a red light and getting pulled over by the police. The officer gives me a ticket for running the red light, but then says since I ran that red light, I must have run the preceding red lights on my route and then gives me a ticket for the other red lights.

          And relax, Buzzy. This is beyond tame for internet flaming.

          • ck says:

            Apparently, there exists in the NFL a lot of doublespeak that is more than apparent and that includes saying “one thing and doing another”! Looks like Goodell has let all of this go on and it is finally catching up to him…GUILTY AS CHARGED!!! Enough said.

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