NFL commish and execs ordered to testify at Rice Rice’s appeal hearing

http://twitter.com/#!/scottclyerly/status/525266457773752321

One of the lesser reported aspects of the Ray Rice case has been Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.  Rice’s argument in this appeal is that under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league, a player cannot be punished twice for the same infraction. Kind of like a union version of double jeopardy.

What Goodell and the NFL knew and when did they know is as at the heart of Rice’s argument and if Rice can prove that Goodell did know everything when he first issued the light suspension of two games, then the NFL isn’t allowed to slap Rice with the indefinite suspension.

Goodell and the NFL are claiming, however, they didn’t have all the information they needed to render a verdict initially and the indefinite suspension should stand.

But as Twitchy reported, there is some question if that’s really a true statement:

‘Roger Goodell, call your office’! AP: NFL execs had Ray Rice tape 3 months ago

Well, the judge in the appeal now wants to know the details of exactly what Goodell knew and is ordering the commish and other Ravens executives to testify under oath. This could get entertaining real fast, to say the least:

Robert Muller being the former head of the FBI who was hired to conduct and independent investigation of Goodell and the NFL’s handling of the entire Rice affair.

And this:

Holy-moly. Muller must be salivating at the prospect of getting all of these top NFL officials under oath as he conducts his investigation.

The hearing is set for November 5-6 in New York City.

Related:

‘Does he think before he speaks?’ ESPN lets Ray Lewis comment on Ray Rice (Spoiler: It doesn’t go well)

Reporter finds ‘striking’ number of women wearing Ray Rice jerseys

Scandal over? Ray Rice and wife get ‘warm’ welcome during visit to high school alma mater [photos]

Fake or real? @JanayRice Twitter account appears, defends Ray Rice

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/23/get-the-popcorn-nfl-commish-goodell-and-ravens-execs-ordered-to-testify-at-ray-rices-appeal-hearing/

Rihanna to the NFL: ‘F*** you!’

http://twitter.com/#!/rihanna/status/511844530375892992

She does have a point as it looked like the NFL canceled her appearance last Thursday because she was a past victim of domestic who had reconciled with her abuser:

CBS you pulled my song last week, now you wanna slide it back in this Thursday? NO, Fuck you! Y'all are sad for penalizing me for this.

— Rihanna (@rihanna) September 16, 2014

FWIW, the NFL said that she was cancelled not because of her past history, but because of the overall “tone” of the broadcast:

“We thought journalistically and from a tone standpoint, we needed to have the appropriate tone and coverage,” CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told SI.com last week of the decision to bump Rihanna’s intro, among other features. “A lot of the production elements we wanted in the show are being eliminated because of time or tone.”

Now the “tone” has changed an it’s okay for her show? The fact is that Rihanna and her abuser, Chris Brown, are a known “on-again off-again couple.” The NFL is in a bind because there’s no way to decouple Rihanna’s abuse with the forgiveness of her abuser, but the NFL also doesn’t want to take into consideration Ray Rice’s wife’s forgiveness as it decides on his punishment.

And even worse for the NFL, they now look stupider than before for asking Rihanna to perform again only to get f-bombed for their outreach.

Related:

Scandal over? Ray Rice and wife get ‘warm’ welcome during visit to high school alma mater [photos]

Reporter finds ‘striking’ number of women wearing Ray Rice jerseys

‘Roger Goodell, call your office’! AP: NFL execs had Ray Rice tape 3 months ago

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/16/rihanna-to-the-nfl-f-you/

Salon writer to debate ‘NFL’s toxic lies’ with nonexistent Rep. Steven Smith

http://twitter.com/#!/Salon/status/506814170944532481

Salon (the real one, not the parody) decided to troll America today with an article by Steve Almond entitled, “The NFL’s toxic lies: Here are the worst excuses fans use to justify watching football.” Almond, proprietor of againstfootball.org, proposed to examine why millions of fans choose to justify to themselves why they watch “a violent, commercialized sport that we now know can cause brain damage.”

The piece was fair game for the usual dose of Salon ridicule.

http://twitter.com/#!/PointlessPol/status/506814766103658496
http://twitter.com/#!/commonsenseCOLO/status/506816772717019136

Things got interesting, though, when “Mitch Johnson,” chief of staff for the nonexistent Rep. Steve Smith of Georgia’s nonexistent 15th congressional district, called out Almond.

http://twitter.com/#!/stevealmondjoy/status/506878468400095232
http://twitter.com/#!/TJMitchJohnson/status/506896472684896256

Oh, it’s on.

http://twitter.com/#!/RepStevenSmith/status/506904033534410752
http://twitter.com/#!/stevealmondjoy/status/506938665592180736
http://twitter.com/#!/stevealmondjoy/status/506948965896425472
http://twitter.com/#!/RepStevenSmith/status/506951123102871552
http://twitter.com/#!/TJMitchJohnson/status/506957792671203328
http://twitter.com/#!/stevealmondjoy/status/506959649833095169

Yes, definitely try Google.

Related:

Lizz Winstead taken in by nonexistent Rep. Steven Smith; Update: Tweet deleted

Sally Kohn fooled by fake congressman and his fake chief of staff

David Sirota falls for fake congressman from nonexistent district

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/02/bring-it-salon-writer-to-debate-nfls-toxic-lies-with-nonexistent-tea-party-rep-steven-smith/

Rob Lowe calls out Pharrell for NFL #LipSyncFail

Flag on the play! Actor Rob Lowe was less than impressed when Packers-Seahawks pre-show entertainer Pharrell Williams suffered a #LipSyncFail during his performance, holding his mic to the crowd while somehow continuing to sing.

That’s true. But it’s still fun to ridicule.

Quite a few tweeters would have been “happy” to have skipped the performance entirely.

 

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/09/04/rob-lowe-calls-out-pharrell-for-nfl-lipsyncfail/