Ray Rice is set to challenge a league in crisis-mode on his ban stemming from a February domestic incident, according to multiple reports.
Roger Goodell sent a memo to teams Monday announcing that Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith will “help lead and shape the NFL’s policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault.”
Domestic violence, child abuse, health issues and a potential cover-up. There is enough to damage the NFL. What we’ll find out is exactly how much it can withstand.
The banner, which says “@UltraViolet #GoodellMustGo,” also flew over NFL games in Cleveland and San Francisco on Sunday and the group plans to fly it over the Eagles-Colts game in Indianapolis on Monday.
There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. Roger Goodell probably knows that there can’t be a positive outcome to the Ray Rice video scenario, and that’s a shame.
“So this is yet another call to men to stand up and take responsibility for their thoughts, their words, their deeds.”
Ravens fans male and female, young and old, arrived for Thursday night’s game against the Steelers debating the events that have affected their team over the last few days.
For just the second time in the past 11 regular-season games between Pittsburgh and Baltimore, the outcome was decided by more than a field goal, as the Ravens crushed the Steelers 26-6 last night at home.
The owners of the Giants and Steelers, both close confidants of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, said they would not be conducting or directing the investigation.
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said Thursday night that he does not believe NFL Chairman Roger Goodell could possibly have seen the video months ago.
“If these allegations are true, Roger Goodell is part of the problem, and he is incapable of achieving a real solution,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said on Wednesday.
“The NFL, right now, I think they’re out of control. We have gotten multiple conflicting statements from various people we’ve been talking with inside there, where it sounds like they don’t know what’s what.”
While some professional athletes have come out in support of Ray Rice, only to do an about-face in the face of public outcry, the Giants’ Mark Herzlich is no such flip-flopper. He doesn’t want Rice anywhere near the team he plays for.
Sixteen female senators from both parties are calling on the NFL to adopt a zero-tolerance policy on domestic violence.
Many current and former NFL players are unhappy with Goodell and the league, and they have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations.