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Obama Staffer Hired by NFL In Wake of Ray Rice Scandal

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 02:39 PM

In the aftermath of the Ray Rice battery scandal, the embattled National Football League has hired former Obama administration staffer Cynthia Hogan as part of its front-office management team, reports ESPN.

Hogan, who will become the senior vice president of public policy and government affairs, was enlisted following the outrage over the league's handling of the domestic violence case involving the Baltimore Ravens running back.

Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video surfaced last week showing him in an elevator knocking out his then fiancee Janay Palmer, now his wife.

The league's commissioner Roger Goodell has claimed the league had not previously seen the video of Rice punching his wife, although it had viewed another tape of him dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator. But a law enforcement official has alleged that he sent the video of the beating to the NFL five months ago.

Hogan, who was part of the White House staff from 2009 to 2013, said, "The complex and compelling issues of interest to the NFL and the opportunity to help shape policy on those issues is a unique and exciting challenge. I could not be more excited about joining the NFL team."

Her appointment came one day after three female experts on domestic violence, Lisa Friel, Jane Randel and Rita Smith, were hired to serve as senior advisers to the league, according to ESPN.

Goodell said they would "help lead and shape the NFL's policies and programs relating to domestic violence and sexual assault."

Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization of Women, told ESPN that the NFL's appointments are "a step in the right direction — but it's not enough."

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