The women in the New Jersey Assembly Republican caucus have a message for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: clear out your desk.
Their beef is with Goodell’s handling of the domestic violence issue in the aftermath of last week’s Ray Rice elevator video, which shows the star former Baltimore Ravens running back punching his fiance in Atlantic City.
“When someone sucker punches an innocent woman or takes a switch to his son, something is terribly wrong,” said the Republicans in a statement. “The league either delays disciplinary action or issues a slap on the wrist of the offender. The victims are vulnerable to the power of these men. Commissioner Goodell is unsuccessfully trying to appease the fans and advertisers that the league takes these actions seriously. If he were truly serious, he would apologize and submit his resignation over his failure to take immediate steps to prevent these kinds of assaults. The NFL should send a message to society that it will not tolerate these actions, and implement a no-tolerance policy with severe repercussions.”
The statement is supported by Assembly Republican women: Caroline Casagrande, Nancy F. Muñoz, Mary Pat Angelini, Amy Handlin, Alison McHose, Holly Schepisi, DiAnne Gove, BettyLou DeCroce, Donna Simon and Maria Rodriguez-Gregg.