Man On Campus: Should Goodell Step Down?

The SPS community weighs in on the Goodell/Rice controversy. (photo credit: AP)

The SPS community weighs in on the Goodell/Rice controversy. (photo credit: AP)

In one of the most controversial football stories of the decade, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been suspended indefinitely as a result of a case of domestic violence in an elevator. The video of Rice knocking his then-fiancee unconscious has gone viral, evoking a strong reaction from a litany of people. Questions as to the National Football League’s handling of the case has polarized football and non-football fans alike. Sources say that the NFL had possession of this video as early as April, while the league vehemently denies the claim, stating that the video just came to their attention. Since the outbreak of this potential coverup, people have called for the head of Commissioner Roger Goodell. Should he stay or should he go? St. Paul’s School chimed in with their opinions.

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Yancy2Pre-freshman Jacob Yancey defends Goodell, saying that the league has actually done a “pretty good job” of handling the situation, although he does admit that they “lied to the press.”

“They probably had the video (when they made their initial investigation in April),” Yancey says. “They definitely had the video.”

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Anderson2Freshman Andy Anderson feels as if this is a singular mistake and that Goodell deserves another chance.

“I don’t think he should (step) down. He did one thing wrong,” Anderson says.

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Ashton2Sophomore Nick Ashton believed that multiple people should be held accountable.

“I believe that not only he should step down, but that everyone that helped support the cause step down,” Ashton said, “because the harboring of someone that does a crime like domestic violence shouldn’t be tolerated in a league where male dominance is so prevalent already. I think that it’s not moral, it’s not ethical, and it’s not acceptable.”

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Layman2Junior Parker Layman believes that Goodell knew about and “probably saw the video,” but “turned a blind eye like a lot of the NFL does. He’s probably done more stuff like this in the past, so it’s about time he got his just desserts.”

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Okrepki2Senior Ryan O’Krepki, starting quarterback of the St. Paul’s football team, thinks that if the NFL had the video in April, action should be taken.

“If it’s true (that he had the video,) I think there should be a vote among the owners and a (separate) vote among the players,” O’Krepki says. “From there, his job (should or should not be taken from him.) Ultimately, all of the players and owners own and run the NFL, and he’s their boss. They should be able to vote on whether he should stay or not.”

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Barwick2Religion Teacher Luke Barwick says that “we should wait until all the facts come out” before we rush to judgment.

“I think they definitely made a mistake in terms of (initially giving Rice) a two-game suspension,” Barwick said. “I think they realized that mistake. I think if it comes out that the NFL is not telling the truth about the video and that they did see it, then I think he has to go. If they saw it, they should have been upfront with that. He’s in a big position. He’s leading the organization that most people seem to care about right now, especially during football season. If he’s not telling the truth about that, then I think he needs to go. If he is (telling the truth), then I’ll accept the fact that they made a mistake; they changed the policy (about domestic violence suspensions in the NFL, including a lifetime ban for second-offenders) and at that point I’ll give him another chance. But if it comes out that he’s not and that the office is lying, he has to go.”

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