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WashPost: For NFL's Sake, Make Condi Rice the Commissioner

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Condoleezza Rice meets with players at the Cleveland Browns training facility on October 17, 2012. (John Kuntz/The Plain Dealer/Landov)

Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 07:46 AM

In the wake of the National Football League's heavily criticized handling of the Ray Rice battery scandal, Condoleezza Rice is being championed as a possible replacement for embattled commissioner Roger Goodell.

Condi Rice candidly confessed a dozen years ago, when she was still national security adviser to President George W. Bush, that she desperately wanted to be the commissioner of the NFL, The Washington Post reports.

Rice said she was willing to wait until then commissioner Paul Tagliabue was ready to step down. But the NFL passed her over in favor of Roger Goodell and, according to the Post's Jonathan Capehart, he's made such a "mess" of things that the NFL should show him the door.

"Time for the former secretary of state with an intense love of the game to step in and save the NFL," Capehart wrote in his "Post Partisan" column.

In February, a shocking video surfaced of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who's no relation to Condi, dragging his unconscious then fiancé, Janay Palmer, now his wife, out of an Atlantic City elevator after knocking her out. 

After Rice was arrested for the brutal show of domestic violence, Goodell suspended him for just two NFL games. The punishment did not fit the crime, and Goodell was severely criticized for his tepid response as well as the way the case was investigated by the league, according to reports.

Goodell later admitted that his handling of the Rice incident was "a mistake," and announced a tough new domestic violence policy for the NFL before the season started.

A second Atlantic City video surfaced this week on TMZ from inside the elevator, showing how Rice decked his fiancé with two blows to the face. Rice has since had his $40 million contract terminated by the Ravens and the NFL has belatedly decided to suspend him indefinitely.

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"The latest elevator video also shows the depth of Goodell's not getting it right," wrote Capehart. "The NFL's reputation is in tatters. The league's players are such flypaper for trouble that the daily newspaper U-T San Diego keeps a database of all offenses 'more serious than a speeding ticket.'"

The Post noted that the latest incident involves the arrest last month of San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald on suspicion of felony domestic violence in San Jose.

"Confidence in Goodell's leadership ought to be in tatters, too," wrote Capehart. "Fans, particularly female fans and the wives and girlfriends of fans, should be appalled by everything he did and didn't do in the Rice matter."

In a 2002 interview with The New York Times, in which Condi Rice revealed how she wanted the NFL job, she compared football to military strategy and said she found the "tactics absolutely fascinating."

Rice who served with two presidents and was the provost of Stanford University, added, "I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football ... 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."

In his Post column, Capehart concluded by saying, "It's an institution in dire need of her help."

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