Daily Show host Jon Stewart slammed the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday for its continued mishandling of the Ray Rice case.
“You done f*cked up,” Stewart said. “So you had the tape and you want us to believe that you did not look at it. Well, I think we’re all aware of the NFL’s obsessive-compulsive tape-watching addictions.”
Earlier in the day, the Associated Press reported that “the tape” — security camera footage of Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, this past February — had allegedly been in the league’s possession since April. The league subsequently hired former FBI director Robert Muller to investigate its handling of the case.
The AP’s report came a day after Goodell told CBS News that the league had not been “granted the opportunity” to see the video before it was published this week by TMZ.
“Really, the king of video never bestowed upon you the opportunity,” Stewart said mockingly after playing Goodell’s remarks. “For you are just a simple peasant boy commissioner, armed with only your wits, clothes upon your back, and billions of dollars’ worth of the most high-powered team of lawyers in the history of man.”
Rice was fired from his team, the Baltimore Ravens, and suspended from the league after the footage was released this week. But Stewart found it hard to believe that the NFL — which boasts a “command center” specifically for the purpose of reviewing plays from “24 angles and hi-res slow-motion” — could seemingly lose track of such a crucial piece of video.
“Perhaps next time you attempt to bury the damaging information about your league’s conduct, I guess we’ll know to throw the red challenge flag,” Stewart said.
Watch Stewart’s commentary, as posted online on Wednesday, below.