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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    I just read that elsewhere...and he got a slap on the hand. That is just astounding. And disgusting.
    Their action was within guidelines for someone like him with a clean record.
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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

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    Their action was within guidelines for someone like him with a clean record.
    And the NFL's actions were within guidelines for an organization that is not law enforcement.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Just tuned in for the pregame show for the Steelers-Ravens game and all they are talking about is the video and nothing about the actual upcoming game. I know that it's a big deal for the NFL and the Ravens, but conjecturing about the whole thing ad nauseam accomplishes nothing. I wish they would just give it a rest for awhile until more information becomes available. Perhaps some blame for the way the case was handled by authorities and the prosecution is in order rather than going on and on and on about how the NFL is handling it incompetently and needs to become some sort of major mouthpiece for preventing domestic violence.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    I just read that elsewhere...and he got a slap on the hand. That is just astounding. And disgusting.
    The old "first time offender" thing apparently. The prosecutor in NJ has said even if it went to trial, Rice wasn't going to get any jail time. Welcome to our justice system.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Quote Originally Posted by aseidner View Post
    Just tuned in for the pregame show for the Steelers-Ravens game and all they are talking about is the video and nothing about the actual upcoming game. I know that it's a big deal for the NFL and the Ravens, but conjecturing about the whole thing ad nauseam accomplishes nothing. I wish they would just give it a rest for awhile until more information becomes available. Perhaps some blame for the way the case was handled by authorities and the prosecution is in order rather than going on and on and on about how the NFL is handling it incompetently and needs to become some sort of major mouthpiece for preventing domestic violence.
    I decided not to watch any of the pregame show for that very reason. Nobody wants to blame the way that the state of NJ didn't "prevent domestic violence". It's apparently much easier to blame the NFL. Somehow, somewhere, the rules of engagement changed, and the NFL is now responsible for domestic violence in this country. I must have slept through that changeover, and I wish I had kept right on sleeping.

    But fear not! Our Congressional reps are on it now. The cavalry is here to save the day.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Not sure it will come to this, but I have to admit it's an interesting idea.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding "the highest level of transparency" concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

    Goodell made clear in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his job is in jeopardy.

    But clearly his handling of the Rice domestic violence issue is not going away and is reminiscent of the heat Congress and the House have increased on Goodell over changing the offensive nature of the Washington Redskins team name.


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    Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Are you ****ing kidding me? With everything going on in the country/world right now, they are interjecting themselves in this? Congratulations, America.

    FULL COPY OF CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO ROGER GOODELL

    Dear Commissioner Goodell:

    We write concerning the important issue of domestic violence, which unfortunately impacts every level of our society, and which we must find ways to combat comprehensively. Our professional sports leagues are important economic and cultural institutions in the United States and we are interested in the manner in which these leagues handle incidents of domestic violence by their players, owners, and other employees. We believe that these high-profile professional leagues are, in many ways, in a position of public trust and should be at the forefront of handling such incidents appropriately.

    With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act, we all recognize that this issue requires strengthened and sustained efforts by individuals, organizations, and government. Of course, we are particularly concerned about information that has come to light about the perpetration of domestic violence by one of the NFL's players, Ray Rice, against his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 15, 2014.

    Given the important role the NFL and the other major professional sports leagues can play in shaping public perceptions concerning domestic violence, it would appear to be in the public interest to have the highest level of transparency associated with reviews of potential misconduct.

    Thus for example, while we understand that you have stated in an interview yesterday on behalf of the NFL that, "We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity," to our knowledge the public has not been informed as to specifically how and in what context the request was made, and specifically how relevant law enforcement responded. Nor has there been a full explanation as to whether the video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice's attorney or the casino where the incident occurred (and if not, why not), or whether any employees, agents, or consultants of the league or any of its teams outside of your office had access to the video prior to September 8. We therefore urge greater transparency and explanations of these matters.

    We welcome your recent willingness to change the NFL's policies regarding issues of domestic violence, and we also believe other major professional sports leagues should consider making their policies public and reviews transparent as well. We look forward to working with you and all of the major professional sports leagues so that we can all participate in the effort to reduce incidents of domestic violence, increase transparency in their review, and better respond to those cases that unfortunately do occur.

    Sincerely,

    Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.)
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
    Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (La.)
    Rep. Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. (Ga.)
    Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)
    Rep. Judy Chu (Calif.)
    Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)
    Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (Wash.)
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.)

    cc: CC: The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary; Mr. Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Mr. Don Garber, commissioner, Major League Soccer; Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner, Major League Baseball; Mr. Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
    Nothing better to do I guess. ..This is why congressional approval is lower than dirt.
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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Seriously? Since when is this a Congressional matter?

    The NFL can handle it's own problems without the intervention of Congress.

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    Re: Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Twelve House of Representatives Judiciary Committee Democrats sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Wednesday demanding "the highest level of transparency" concerning how the league investigated the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

    Goodell made clear in interviews Tuesday night with USA TODAY Sports and CBS that he does not feel his job is in jeopardy.

    But clearly his handling of the Rice domestic violence issue is not going away and is reminiscent of the heat Congress and the House have increased on Goodell over changing the offensive nature of the Washington Redskins team name.


    More here:

    Congress probes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice case

    Are you ****ing kidding me? With everything going on in the country/world right now, they are interjecting themselves in this? Congratulations, America.

    FULL COPY OF CONGRESSIONAL LETTER TO ROGER GOODELL

    Dear Commissioner Goodell:

    We write concerning the important issue of domestic violence, which unfortunately impacts every level of our society, and which we must find ways to combat comprehensively. Our professional sports leagues are important economic and cultural institutions in the United States and we are interested in the manner in which these leagues handle incidents of domestic violence by their players, owners, and other employees. We believe that these high-profile professional leagues are, in many ways, in a position of public trust and should be at the forefront of handling such incidents appropriately.

    With this year marking the 20th anniversary of the enactment of the Violence Against Women Act, we all recognize that this issue requires strengthened and sustained efforts by individuals, organizations, and government. Of course, we are particularly concerned about information that has come to light about the perpetration of domestic violence by one of the NFL's players, Ray Rice, against his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on February 15, 2014.

    Given the important role the NFL and the other major professional sports leagues can play in shaping public perceptions concerning domestic violence, it would appear to be in the public interest to have the highest level of transparency associated with reviews of potential misconduct.

    Thus for example, while we understand that you have stated in an interview yesterday on behalf of the NFL that, "We assumed that there was a video, we asked for the video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity," to our knowledge the public has not been informed as to specifically how and in what context the request was made, and specifically how relevant law enforcement responded. Nor has there been a full explanation as to whether the video was requested of others, such as Mr. Rice's attorney or the casino where the incident occurred (and if not, why not), or whether any employees, agents, or consultants of the league or any of its teams outside of your office had access to the video prior to September 8. We therefore urge greater transparency and explanations of these matters.

    We welcome your recent willingness to change the NFL's policies regarding issues of domestic violence, and we also believe other major professional sports leagues should consider making their policies public and reviews transparent as well. We look forward to working with you and all of the major professional sports leagues so that we can all participate in the effort to reduce incidents of domestic violence, increase transparency in their review, and better respond to those cases that unfortunately do occur.

    Sincerely,

    Rep. John Conyers Jr. (Mich.), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.)
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (Ill.)
    Rep. Zoe Lofgren (Calif.)
    Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Texas)
    Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (La.)
    Rep. Henry C. "Hank" Johnson Jr. (Ga.)
    Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.)
    Rep. Judy Chu (Calif.)
    Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.)
    Rep. Suzan K. DelBene (Wash.)
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.)

    cc: CC: The Honorable Bob Goodlatte, Chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary; Mr. Gary Bettman, Commissioner, National Hockey League; Mr. Don Garber, commissioner, Major League Soccer; Mr. Bud Selig, Commissioner, Major League Baseball; Mr. Adam Silver, Commissioner, National Basketball Association
    Not shocking a bunch of authoritarian democrats er Marxists actually believe our government has the right or responsibility to probe the NFL...

    This is one of the most ridiculous things I have ever heard...

    This is just another example of many where progressives overreach...

    Furthermore who cares what Goodell's ruling was????

    Did he make the wrong decision? sure, does it take Congress to probe him?? hell no and what the hell for anyways? this is an NFL matter not a government matter.

    And people wonder why I hate our government?

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