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Roger Goodell's Season From Hell

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24:  Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell watches the pregame warms up prior to
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 24: Commissioner of the National Football League Roger Goodell watches the pregame warms up prior to the start of the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ford Field on November 24, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

On almost any other morning, Roger Goodell would have welcomed an impromptu chat with Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. But this was the morning of September 9, and just about the worst time for the commissioner of the National Football League to be interrupted. For the past twenty-four hours, a vast swath of the public had been calling for his head for his handling of perhaps the most explosive crisis the league had ever faced—a crisis largely of the commissioner's own making.

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