Support is growing for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to take over as NFL commissioner following criticism of how the league dropped the ball on former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice.
The Ravens swiftly canceled Rice’s five-year contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely on Tuesday, one day after video surfaced on TMZ.com showing the running back knocking out his now-wife in an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator.
Before the video was made public, Rice had been suspended by the league for two games. The current NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, later called the original punishment a mistake, writing in a letter last month to owners, “I didn’t get it right.”
The NFL said it had only seen the new video on Monday.
Now, some are saying Rice — who expressed an interest in the NFL job before — should replace Goodell. A Tuesday editorial in The Washington Post wrote that the NFL is “an institution in dire need” of Rice’s help, with a blaring headline: “Condi Rice: The one person who could save the NFL.” It says in part:
And in talking about why she coveted the gridiron gig, the foreign policy expert who served two presidents and was provost of Stanford University said, “I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football, with all due respect to baseball, is a kind of national pastime that brings people together across social lines, across racial lines. And I think it’s an important American institution.”
It’s an institution in dire need of her help.
In that sense, Rice could do a lot to bring together a more diverse audience for the sport — not just along racial lines, but gender lines. She’s a controversial figure for her work during the George W. Bush administration, but an African-American woman at the head of the sport would send a strong message.
Social media has also been buzzing with calls for Goodell, the son of the late Sen. Charles Goodell (R-N.Y.), to step down. And banners flying over games called for his ouster. Your thoughts?
Additional contribution by Tonya Garcia