New Jersey lawmakers call for Roger Goodell's resignation

Roger Goodell is trying to salvage his image after the Ray Rice scandal. (Getty Images)
Roger Goodell is trying to salvage his image after the Ray Rice scandal. (Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spent much of September trying to salvage his image -- and with it, his job -- after he bungled the Ray Rice case, which led to questions about the league's handling of domestic-violence issues.

The owners appear to support Goodell, who will give up some of his authority to punish players under the personal-conduct policy, but he remains something of a lightning rod. On Tuesday, two New Jersey state senators asked the owners of the New York Jets and New York Giants to call for Goodell's firing because of how he's handled the league's domestic-violence problem.

“We write to you to implore you to add your voice to the national plea for resignation of Commissioner Roger Goodell,” the letter said, via “He has demonstrated lack of leadership and an absence of true understanding of how serious an issue domestic violence is in our society."

Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, and Sen. Jennifer Beck, R-Monmouth signed the letter, which had bipartisan support from 15 female New Jersey legislators. The letter was addressed to Giants owner John Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson.

"It is our duty as a society to acknowledge our weaknesses and to address them head on,” the letter said. “We turn to you to lead the fight within the National Football League to correct inconsistent policies and to ensure that lessons are learned from past mistakes.”

“That process cannot start under the same leadership where the problem has gone unaddressed for years. Commissioner Goodell must be removed to clear the way for new leadership to fix the years of inaction.”

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is heading up an independent investigation into what Goodell and the league knew and when they knew it regarding Rice's case. Barring a bombshell revelation, Goodell will likely keep his job no matter how many letters legislators write.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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