Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, wants some answers from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about what the NFL knew about the Ray Rice video and when.
Washington has been increasingly vocal about the incident, revealed in a video first published on TMZ showing the now former Baltimore Ravens player punching his wife unconscious and dragging her body out of an elevator.
A group of female senators called for Rice's permanent ban from the game- he is on indefinite suspension--and Heller was no less stern in his tone with the league and Goodell.
"I fear the failure of the NFL to understand the scope and severity of this act of domestic violence has already led to significant damage for vulnerable members of society," Heller said. "Moreover, I am highly disappointed the NFL’s reaction was only heightened once the public witnessed the elevator video. By waiting to act until it was made public, you effectively condoned the action of the perpetrator himself. I cannot and will not tolerate that position by anybody let alone the National Football League."