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WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart: NFL in ‘Dire Need’ of… Condi Rice

The fever pitch over surveillance video showing former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice punching out his then-fiance Janay Palmer reached its apex Monday with a most peculiar proposal by MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

Capehart, who is also an opinion writer for the Washington Post, thinks former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice should take over the NFL. He said so in a column for the Post.

And he’s not kidding. “She has long said that that’s her dream job,” he told Mediaite. “Given the state of things over there on Park Avenue, the spot might open up.” 345 Park Avenue is the address of the building in New York where the NFL has an office.

It’s a notable endorsement, if for no other reason than that Capehart is a liberal Democrat and Condoleezza served President George W. Bush.

“There are issues with decisions she made and counsel she gave as national security adviser and secretary of state,” Capehart told us. “But the stakes are different and considerably more manageable over at the NFL.”

Current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell faced criticism in August when it was first reported that Ray Rice had knocked his wife unconscious. Goodell punished Ray with a two-week suspension from the league. When the video of the incident surfaced, ESPN2’s Keith Olbermann called for Goodell’s resignation.

From Capehart’s column:

Condoleezza Rice made a startling admission to the New York Times in 2002. The then-national security adviser to President George W. Bush said it was “absolutely right” that she wanted to be commissioner of the National Football League. This was no joke. Rice was serious…

Rice really loves football, especially because of its similarities to military strategy. “I really consider myself a student of the game,” Rice told the Times in that 2002 interview. “I find the strategy and tactics absolutely fascinating.” And in talking about why she coveted the gridiron gig, the foreign policy expert who served two presidents and was provost of Stanford University said, “I think it would be a very interesting job because I actually think football, with all due respect to baseball, is a kind of national pastime that brings people together across social lines, across racial lines. And I think it’s an important American institution.”

It’s an institution in dire need of her help.

On Monday, Ray Rice was indefinitely suspended from the NFL and his contract with the Ravens was terminated.

[Photo via MSNBC/screen grab]

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