Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) on Wednesday night called on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to resign, adding to growing discontent with the league in Congress.
"I think that Roger Goodell should resign, I absolutely thing so," she said on MSNBC. "Whether he does or not is probably, I think, unlikely. It`s something that would be done by all of the teams, and I don`t see that happening any time soon. I think a lot`s going to depend on what the fan base does, what the sponsors do, because in truth, this is really all about money."
The NFL has come under fire for the off-field actions of several of its players. Ray Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens when a video came out showing him punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in an elevator. Many say the NFL should have acted even before the video came out. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is facing child abuse charges and will not play Sunday. And most recently, Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested on domestic violence charges.
Last week, 16 female senators sent a letter to the NFL calling for anyone who commits domestic violence to be banned from the league. A first offense currently brings a six-game suspension.
Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandUnder pressure, Democrats cut back spending The Memo: Cuts to big bill vex Democrats Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program MORE (D-N.Y.) a prominent voice on women's rights, said she was "furious" with the NFL's handling of the Rice case.
Speier has also been a leading voice in calling for the House Oversight Committee to conduct a hearing on the NFL's actions, something the committee is considering.