I mean, I can't say I disagree with any of this. Look, at this point this story isn't about Ray Rice. We've all seen what he's done and how awful it was, we demanded punishment, and he has received it. Is it enough of a punishment? No football but stay out of jail? Probably not, but there's nothing more that can happen to him at this time. What can happen, however, is the NFL finally realizing that it is not an omnipotent entity incapable of being checked when necessary. That is the story now. An organization like the NFL, which generates a product that so many of us consume to an alarming degree, should not be allowed to have a disgusting incident like this covered up, and lied about, without being held accountable. And when we talk about the NFL, we of course are talking about Roger Goodell, the king of accountability.
Goodell represents everything awful about the NFL. Every decision he makes is premeditated to ensure that the most financial gain for the league, specifically it's owners, will be the outcome. You know, those owners that pay him $40 fucking million a year to basically just be their ginger haired talking head/fluffer. If somebody is getting paid that type of money from a group of rich guys, do you think he is going to make any decisions that don't benefit them? Hell no. Which is why this league is so terrifying. It makes an obscene amount of money, it has a major stake in our culture because it's beloved by so many, and it's run by billionaires who have nobody to honestly answer to when they do something terrible, such as lie to the public about their awareness of a brutal act of domestic abuse.
Look, nobody is going to stop watching football. To suggest a boycott of the sport would be ludicrous, albeit the best possible way to get the NFL to understand that this shit can't keep happening. But if the outcry continues, which I believe it rightfully will, then sponsors will pull from the league. Pressure will come down from higher authority (aka the government). Money will be lost and legal threats will be made until this message is sent to the NFL and this whole scenario comes to a satisfying conclusion, or at least as satisfying as it possibly can be. And that conclusion is to get rid of the man that symbolizes everything that we hate about the culture of professional football.
Goodell is lying about not seeing this tape, or at least about blatantly ignoring the fact that the NFL had access to it. We all know it, and it's the last straw in a continuous pattern of ignorant displays by him and the NFL of abusing their power for the profitability of the league. The message needs to be sent that it can't continue, and that message starts with Goodell losing his job.
P.S. Good on Olbermann for saying this from the beginning. If you haven't seen his original rant on all of this, then check it out below:
P.P.S. Oh yeah, we have a sketch about these assholes, too...