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Ray Rice video scandal: Roger Goodell is screwed

Richard Nixon would tell you... it's not the crime. It's the cover-up that gets you.

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The buck is about to stop on the NFL Commissioner's desk.

This was Tuesday:

"No one in the NFL [saw the second video] to my knowledge," Roger Goodell told CBS Tuesday. "And I asked that same question and the answer to that is no."

This was Wednesday:

But this excerpt is the damning part.

Despite public support from NFL owners like Robert Kraft and John Mara in the past 24 hours, it's hard to imagine Roger Goodell survives this. Whether it's through deceit or willful ignorance or ineptitude, his disciplinary processes have failed.

Either Googdell steps down or an independent arbitrator must be brought in for all NFL disciplinary matters. And maybe both.

"Protect the shield" has lost its meaning.