U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) said Tuesday that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should consider resigning "seriously" over the Ray Rice controversy.

By SI Wire
September 09, 2014

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should "consider it seriously" when asked by political website The Hill on Tuesday if Goodell should resign over the Ray Rice controversy.

The NFL suspended Rice indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens released the running back after new video was revealed Monday showing Rice punching his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer.

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Rice was originally suspended two games by the NFL over the domestic violence incident when the only video publicly available showed just the aftermath of his punch, when he dragged an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator in which he had struck her.

The NFL and the Ravens have said they hadn't seen the new video until it was released Monday and had tried to obtain it earlier, but questions persist as to the veracity of both claims. In response to why Rice was released now and not earlier, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said the new video "made things a little bit different."

Earlier Tuesday, President Barack Obama reacted to the new Rice video, saying "hitting a woman is not something a real man does."

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Members of the Senate have criticized the NFL and Goodell in the past, most recently for the continued use of the Redskins name.

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