It has not been a good month for the NFL. The Ray Rice domestic violence controversy seems to have created an avalanche effect that brought out one scandal after another — from Adrian Peterson's child abuse case to the most recent arrest of Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyers, also stemming from domestic assault charges. On Sunday night's episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver turned to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for some answers, only to be met with vague, PR-motivated drivel.
By now it's become abundantly clear that the NFL has a domestic violence issue, but what remains to be seen is how the league is going to handle it — and whether they're even treating it as a real problem. Last week, NBC reported that 12 NFL players who had been arrested on domestic violence charges were still playing for their teams.
In response to mounting evidence of domestic violence within in the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell held a press conference on Friday, but it left much to be desired. Instead of addressing what specific changes the NFL would be making, he just mouthed a string of empty verbs that made him sound like the world's first computer.
Good thing John Oliver is here to break down the press conference and inject the whole thing with some much-needed John Oliver perspective.
Roger Goodell Tries to Form Word-Thoughts With His Mouth
During the press conference, Goodell states:
These incidents demonstrate that we can use the NFL to help create change.... We are taking a number of steps, we will reexamine, enhance, and improve all of our current programs, and then do more.... There will be changes to our personal conduct policy. I know this because we will make it happen.... We've acknowledge that we need to change what we're doing. Now we have to get to "What are those changes going to be?"
After the clip, Oliver does an uncanny impression of Goodell, stating in that same robotic voice:
And in so saying, I have effectively made sounds, which when put together constitute words, which can then be turned into sentences, that make noise that travel into your ears, and that's 45 minutes — I've done it! Goodell out. Clear eyes, full hearts, Can't take my job — f**k you! F**k you!
Goodell Gets Schooled by TMZ
Goodell's inability to utter meaningful sentences was not even the worst part. Oliver pointed out that the low point came when Goodell acted like having access to the Ray Rice video was beyond his control and a TMZ reporter shut him down by saying all it took for them to obtain it was one phone call.
OK, you know that things are not going well when you lose the moral highgrounds to a TMZ reporter, a man whose employer ran a story this week titled "Nicki Minaj Bamboobles Her Ass Critics."
NFL Players Weigh In
Oliver also presented various reactions from players themselves, from disappointment...
to one succinct call for action, which Oliver calls the single greatest reaction to the press conference...
Watch the entire video.
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