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President Obama 'Shocked' by Ray Rice Video, McDonough Says

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough explains President Obama’s reaction to Ray Rice’s NFL suspension.
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President Obama was “shocked” by the video showing suspended Baltimore Ravens’ running back, Ray Rice, punching his then-fiancée, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said Sunday. McDonough said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he and Obama talked "generally about the situation in the NFL," and "I think we all know that Ray Rice being suspended indefinitely seems to be exactly the right thing."

Ray Rice's suspension was only part of the solution for some, who are also calling for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to step down or be fired, but sportscaster Bryant Gumbel said, "I think that there’s no evidence to suggest that his job is on the line." The NFL is money-driven, Gumbel said, and unless the money stops pouring in, Goodell won't be going anywhere. Female senators who sent a letter of complaint to Goodell this week should be sending letters to NFL sponsors like Gatorade and Budweiser, Gumbell said. Very little will change in the NFL unless advocates speak the league's "language," which is largely in terms of dollars, Gumbell said.



— Shawna Thomas and Elisha Fieldstadt