Keith Olbermann on Roger Goodell: "An enabler of men who beat women" who "must resign"

The former MSNBC pundit blasts Goodell for allegedly covering up Ray Rice's abuse of then-fiancée Janay Palmer

Published September 8, 2014 10:33PM (EDT)

Keith Olbermann opened his program Monday night by blasting NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, accusing him of conspiring with executives of the Baltimore Ravens and Atlantic City prosecutors to cover up Ray Rice's gruesome assault of then-fiancée Janay Palmer. Olbermann declared that Goodell "must resign":

Mr. Goodell's ineptitude has not merely rendered this football season meaningless and irrelevant by contrast, it has reduced watching football to a disrespectful act and it has comforted the violent and afflicted the victim. ...

What Roger Goodell has turned the NFL office into is symbolized by Ray Rice's brutal left hand striking Janay Palmer and striking her again. Mr. Goodell is an enabler of men who beat women. His position within the national Football league is no longer tenable.

The former MSNBC pundit also went on to say that the league's decision to suspend Rice indefinitely is not enough:

I accuse Ray Rice of a brutal and potentially deadly assault followed by a devious, manipulative, unapologetic performance to protect his job and his money at the expense of the truth, the public and the next woman he brutalizes. Ray Rice must never be allowed back in the National Football League uniform.

Watch Olbermann's remarks below:

(h/t Deadspin)

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