National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill calls for Roger Goodell’s resignation amid Ray Rice debacle
The NFL has lost its way. It doesn’t have a Ray Rice problem; it has a violence against women problem,” NOW Prez O’Neill said in a statement released on Wednesday.
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In light of recent events, it is crucial that the National Football League (NFL) take its violence against women problem seriously. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has held this position since 2006, has repeatedly shown that he is unwilling to effectively deal with the issue. Therefore, it is time for Goodell to go!
With the release of the second video in the Ray Rice domestic violence case, it has become clear that you are only concerned with the NFL’s image – not the League’s violence against women problem. The following are just few examples that exemplify your failed leadership:
*According to FiveThirtyEight.com, the relative arrest rate of NFL players is fifty-five percent for domestic violence, and thirty-eight percent for sex offenses.
*Since you started as commissioner, there have been fifty-six instances of domestic violence, but players were suspended for a combined total of 13 games and only 10 players were released from their team.
*Days after announcing the NFL’s new domestic violence policy, you said that Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers, who is facing a felony domestic violence charge, could play in the team’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
*Greg Hardy is still playing for the Carolina Panthers, even after being convicted in July of choking his former girlfriend and threatening to kill her.
*You have been silent in the face of accusations that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sexually assaulted a woman.
The NFL sets the example for college, high school, middle school and even elementary school football programs – the example currently being set by the NFL is simply unacceptable.
We the undersigned demand that you resign from you position as commissioner of the NFL and that your successor appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking within the NFL community, and to recommend real and lasting reforms.
New leadership must come in with a specific charge to transform the culture of violence against women that pervades the NFL. That’s the only way to restore honor and integrity to the country’s most lucrative and popular pastime.
United States Senator Speaks Out Against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell#DomesticViolence Policy and Punishment Is Not Enough! Sen. Richard Blumenthal is a former Prosecutor and Attorney General #TakeAStand#FireRogerGoodell
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., is joining the calls for the National Football League to impose stiffer punishment on Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.
“The video released today emphasizes how egregiously weak and wrong the initial penalty against Ray Rice was — as the Commissioner has acknowledged — and it constitutes new, powerful evidence that requires the Commissioner to reconsider and reach a stronger punishment,” Blumenthal said.
JANAY RICE SPEAKS OUT ON THE NFL & BALTIMORE RAVENS DISMISSAL OF RAY RICE
Ray Rice Has Been Released
By The Baltimore Ravens
And Suspended Indefinitely By The NFL
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TMZSports.com Reports The NFL Never Requested Video
The NFL NEVER contacted the casino to request video of Ray Rice brutalizing his fiancee … TMZ Sports has learned. Commissioner Rodger Goodell made his disciplinary decision in the dark, which raises the question … Is that the way he wanted it?
Sources connected with the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City tell TMZ Sports … NO ONE from the NFL ever asked for the video inside the elevator … video that was compelling enough to get Rice instantly fired.
Sources who worked at the casino at the time of the incident tell us … if the NFL had asked for the video, they would have gladly complied.
Without video … Goodell blindly justified the initial 2-game suspension, based on the only evidence they had — from the 2 people in the elevator, who called it mutual combat.
Multiple sources tell TMZ Sports … the casino made a copy of the elevator surveillance video for police. We’re also told Rice’s lawyer had a copy of the video which he got in the criminal case.
An NFL source tells us they requested “any and all information” from law enforcement in the criminal case but got nothing because it was a pending case. But the NFL had other options … namely going to the casino or Rice’s lawyer — but the NFL never bothered to ask.
BTW … it may sound crazy for Rice’s lawyer to voluntarily hand over the video, but the NFL had a lot of leverage … in the form of severe penalties if Rice didn’t ante up the tape.
So the question … does the NFL have incompetent investigators, or was it just easier to protect a player and turn a blind eye to video that would have forced Goodell’s hand? Both scenarios are pretty disgusting.
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Click Here To See Ray Rice Punching Wife Video On TMZ
This is what a two game suspension looks like — Ray Rice delivering a vicious punch to his fiancee’s face, knocking her out cold … and TMZ Sports has the shocking video.
We’ve already shown you the aftermath outside the elevator … Rice dragging the unconscious woman on the floor. But we’ve now obtained video of the punch that put her down, raising the question … What was the NFL thinking when it wrist-slapped Rice with such feeble punishment?
The incident took place Feb. 15th at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City — after Ray and then-fiancee (now wife) Janay Palmer got into a heated argument on their way into the elevator.
Inside the elevator it’s apparent he strikes first … she hits back … and then Rice delivers the knockout blow.
The punch knocks Janay off her feet — and she smashes her head on the elevator hand rail … knocking her out cold. Ray doesn’t seem phased … and when the door opens, he drags her out into the hotel.
Jim Harbaugh: ‘No tolerance’ for domestic violence
- Around the NFL Writer
- Published: Sept. 2, 2014 at 11:56 a.m.
- Updated: Sept. 2, 2014 at 05:21 p.m.
Two days after defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told KNBR-AM on Tuesday that the organization would offer “no tolerance” for abuse.
“I’ll be very clear,” Harbaugh said, per CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco. “You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there’s no understanding. There’s no tolerance for that.”
Asked if the 49ers would allow a player guilty of domestic violence to stay on the roster, Harbaugh answered: “We would not. We can be very clear.”
“There are going to be two principles at play here,” Harbaugh said. “And one is, I’ll speak for myself, I’ll speak for the 49ers: We’ll not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we’re firm believers in due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles.”
The Sacramento Bee reported that police arrived at McDonald’s home on Sunday at approximately 2 a.m., where a party was being held in honor of the player’s birthday. McDonald appeared to have an altercation with his fiancee, who showed police bruising on her body. McDonald was then taken into custody. Other Niners players were in attendance at the party, according to the report.
With 10 arrests on the team since 2012, Harbaugh said the organization would do “everything in our power to make sure there isn’t a pattern forming.”
After NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced a significant change to the league’s Personal Conduct Policy in regard to domestic violence, McDonald could be in for a substantial punishment.
courtesy of NFL.com
Roger Goodell, NFL rightly correct course with change in policy
- NFL Media reporter
- Published: Aug. 28, 2014 at 06:44 p.m.
Goodell had met with Rice and Rice’s wife, Janay, who was brought along to the meeting by representatives of the NFL Players Association, and decided on the two games largely because that was in line with what the NFL had done in similar cases, according to people familiar with his thinking, and because the NFL was doing more than the legal system — Rice avoided trial when he was allowed to enter a pre-trial intervention program.
It was misguided thinking, then and now. On Thursday, a little more than a month after the initial decision was announced, Goodell issued a rare mea culpa as part of a sweeping change to the Personal Conduct Policy for all league employees — including players — that now calls for a mandatory six-game suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second offense, with the possibility to petition for reinstatement after a year.
“I didn’t get it right,” Goodell wrote to owners in a letter informing them of the changes. “Simply put, we have to do better. And we will.”
He also wrote: “We allowed our standards to fall below where they should be and lost an important opportunity to emphasize our strong stance on a critical issue and the effective programs we have in place. My disciplinary decision led the public to question our sincerity, our commitment, and whether we understood the toll that domestic violence inflicts on so many families. I take responsibility both for the decision and for ensuring that our actions in the future properly reflect our values.”