The 49ers christened the $1.3 billion Levi’s Stadium Sunday night and Ray McDonald, who was arrested over the Labor Day weekend on suspicion of domestic abuse against his pregnant fiancé, was in the starting lineup. Never mind a slew of domestic violence cases permeating the NFL, calls for Roger Goodell’s job, and threats that the public would bench America’s favorite pastime. Goodell was conspicuously absent despite the hoopla and despite the matchup of two classic NFL franchises.
When he took the helm as the most powerful man in America’s most powerful sport, Goodell promoted approachability, transparency and discipline. Eight years later, the man who pocketed $44.2 million in salary and other benefits in 2013 according to tax filings, is under fire for his judgment and ability to perform his job as the “Enforcer.” Goodell’s claim that neither he nor anyone else in the NFL office had any knowledge of the TMZ-released Ray Rice video takes plausible deniability to a whole new level. Never mind that the police report said within it that Rice had struck Janay Palmer “rendering her unconscious.”
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