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Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resign?

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Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell resign?
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay made statements to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens smiles during warm ups before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Baltimore Ravens assistant director of public relations Patrick M. Gleason holds the door as running back Ray Rice enter a news conference followed by his wife Janay Rice and Ravens team President Dick Cass at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Maine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
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By RYAN GORMAN

Calls for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to step down are growing louder by the day as the fallout from the Ray Rice assault scandal continues to damage the league's reputation - but should he resign?

Goodell is a lifelong NFL employee who worked his way from being an intern to running the world's richest sports league. His reputation was built on meting out tough punishments to misbehaving players, but his bungling of the Rice incident may have irreversibly tarnished the commissioner.

The National Organization for Woman calling Wednesday for Goodell resign is only the latest dent in his armor.

Many Americans were infuriated when he originally handed down only a two-game suspension to the former Ravens running back after he pleaded guilty to hitting then-fiancee Jenay Parker in an Atlantic City elevator and dragging her unconscious body into a hallway.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, by comparison, received a season-long ban for smoking marijuana. Gordon is not known to have assaulted or harmed anyone while high.

Rice's ban was made indefinite this week, but only after TMZ released previously unseen video of Ray Rice punching his fiancee in the elevator and the Baltimore Ravens terminated his contract.

Some politicians have, in varying degrees, supported a changing of the guard at the league's posh Park Avenue office.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) told The Hill when asked if Goodell should resign that "he should consider it seriously."

Others have said that domestic violence has no place in the league, and that leadership needs to take more care in how it handles these issues - but stopped short of saying the commissioner should resign, at least on the record.

Forbes magazine published an op-ed Wednesday: "It's Time For Roger Goodell To Resign As Commissioner Of The NFL."

ESPN's Keith Olbermann did not show the same restraint. He repeatedly called for Goodell and other to resign during a Monday night segment on his primetime show.

"Each of them must be expelled or leave from their current positions."

The Washington Post suggested the only way to save the NFL is to put former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice in charge.

The Post's call to arms cited a 2002 New York Times report in which Condoleeza Rice expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for the job, and even called it her "dream job."

"That's absolutely right," she told the Times. "I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football, with all due respect to baseball, is a kind of national pastime that brings people together across social lines, across racial lines. And I think it's an important American institution."

Despite all of this, Goodell said in a CBS News interview Tuesday that he will not step down.

The most vocal of Goodell's supporters has so far been ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. The boisterous talking head emphatically defended the commissioner, saying he should not have to step down.

Do you think Goodell needs to step down? Tell us in the comments and answer our poll.


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