Roger Goodell, who appears to have lied about not having seen the video of Ray Rice punching his wife Janay Palmer in a New Jersey Casino elevator before suspending the running back for just two games, is on the hot seat as NFL commissioner. Sportsbooks have created prop bets asking whether Roger Goodell will lose his job over how he handled the situation, which is why we decided to ask our readers, “Will Roger Goodell be the NFL’s commissioner week 1 of the 2015 season?”
Our poll resulted in a tie vote, with 50% saying yes he’ll survive this and the other 50% saying he’ll be gone before next season begins.
When Goodell slow-walked to justice and waved due process to delay all accountability on serious character issues, Goodell was just doing business exactly the way the owners wanted NFL business to be done.
Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh urged team executives to release Ray Rice in February after seeing video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of a casino elevator but the executives overruled him until Sept. 8, when TMZ published video from inside the elevator that showed Rice striking his fiancée.
Adrian Peterson is in a similar situation, he has been indicted for child abuse, deactivated for a Sunday game but was about to be reinstated until a second set of child abuse allegations forced the Vikings and NFL to change their minds. And look at Ray McDonald. He was accused of assaulting his pregnant fiancée but remains in uniform for the 49ers.
The only reason owners might rally to demand Goodell’s resignation is because they consider it a necessary public relations move, which is why Roger Goodell gave a press conference last week and discussed the steps that the National Football League will take to discourage another abusive case from occurring.
Although the National Organization for Women is still seeking his resignation and they even paid for planes to fly over several NFL stadiums with a message, “ULTRAVIOLET: #GOODELLMUSTGO.”, Goodell won’t consider resigning despite some public calls to do so.
“I’m focused on doing my job. … I believe the 32 owners support me,” Goodell said in a press release.
Next week’s poll asks, “Is it okay that PokerScout is profiting from Bodog’s data without permission?”
Bodog has taken several steps to block tracking sites that profit while doing nothing to enhance the experience of poker players. Despite the inability to compile data from the Bodog Poker Network, Dan Stewart and his PokerScout.com continue to post daily numbers for Bodog in their online traffic report. Check back next week to see what our readers think.