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Judge’s takedown of Roger Goodell in Ray Rice case is what commissioner deserves

More than nine months after Ray Rice punched the woman who is now his wife in the face in an Atlantic City elevator, knocking her down and knocking her out, a former U.S. District Judge named Barbara Jones officially hits the commissioner of the National Football League, Roger Goodell, even harder than Ray Rice hit Janay Rice. Judge Jones did not go at Goodell with a closed fist, just with withering language that was the same as hitting the man once considered the most powerful man in professional sports in this country with a baseball bat.

This isn’t about Rice winning his appeal, and earning the right to play football again; to stop being an unemployed wife-beater. No one is surprised at what happened on Friday, just because everyone knew nothing that had happened inside that elevator had changed between the time Goodell originally gave Rice a two-game suspension, then later changed it to an indefinite suspension after the elevator video was released to the world.

The headline here, in lights, is that Jones completely rejected Goodell’s version of Ray Rice’s version of the events inside that elevator on Valentine’s Day weekend, one Goodell would later describe as being “ambiguous.” From the start, you wondered if Goodell thought the woman who is now Mrs. Rice had knocked herself out, because in the original video we saw, she was on the floor when the elevator doors opened.

 

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