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The Tortured Logic of NFL Commissioner Condoleezza Rice

September 20, 2014

With NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell under fire for the league's reprehensible handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case, the names of potential successors are already being bandied about. But one of them--Condoleezza Rice--would be among the very worst choices the National Football League could make. After all, the NFL's credibility is at risk for having condoned violence toward and degradation of women by some of its players. Unfortunately, Secretary of State Rice didn't just defend torture perpetrated by the government of the United States; she followed in Richard Nixon's footsteps by claiming "if it was authorized by the president, it did not violate our obligations under the Convention Against Torture."
On its face, Condi Rice's experience in business, government and academia, her groundbreaking biography and deep love for the game make for an impressive resume to take over the NFL's headquarters in New York. In 2002, then Bush national security adviser and longtime Cleveland Browns fan Rice made it clear that being commish was her "dream job." In 2005, she declared, "If that jobs becomes open, I'm gone." Already selected to the committee that will decide the four teams for the NCAA's college football championship playoff, Rice has been suggested by press (see here and here) and pundits right and left, including Juan Williams of Fox News and Jonathan Capehart of the Washington Post. As Williams put it:
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Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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