#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 12 – Leaders of the House Oversight Committee are discussing whether they should hold a hearing to examine the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice assault case.
A public airing by the Oversight panel would significantly ramp up the scrutiny of how the NFL deals with cases of domestic abuse, even as women’s rights groups are amplifying their calls for the resignation of league commissioner Roger Goodell.
The committee’s hearings on steroid use in Major League Baseball, for instance, became media circuses that bruised the league’s reputation.
Talk of the hearing came as Rice’s former team, the Baltimore Ravens, prepared to take the field for a Thursday night game.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), who has requested a hearing from Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) into the NFL’s handling of the Rice case, on Thursday said both lawmakers had agreed to stage such a probe.
Yet there was immediate disagreement about that claim.
Issa spokeswoman Becca Watkins said no such agreement had been reached.