01/27/2015 10:43 am ET Updated Jan 27, 2015

Roger Goodell's Season From Hell

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On almost any other morning, Roger Goodell would have welcomed an impromptu chat with Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots. But this was the morning of September 9, and just about the worst time for the commissioner of the National Football League to be interrupted. For the past twenty-four hours, a vast swath of the public had been calling for his head for his handling of perhaps the most explosive crisis the league had ever faced—a crisis largely of the commissioner's own making.

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