Jon Stewart flipped the National Football League the bird on Wednesday night for fumbling its punishment for ex-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was allegedly caught on video assaulting his then-fiancee.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for a mere two games earlier this year after surveillance footage from the alleged assault surfaced. Goodell caught a lot of flak for meting out such a lenient punishment, so he later announced a mandatory six-game suspension for an NFL player’s first domestic violence offense.
“Let that be a lesson to NFL players everywhere: if you hit a woman, they will not let you hit a man for six more weeks,” Stewart quipped.
But an extended video released this week that showed Rice hitting Palmer, who is now his wife, with a knockout punch inside the elevator raised a whole new set of questions about what the NFL knew and when.
Goodell insisted that the league never got the “opportunity” to review the full tape. But the AP later reported that the NFL did indeed receive the extended footage five months ago.
“You done f*cked up,” Stewart said.
“For God’s sakes, you get 24 angles in high-res slow-motion just to see whether or not a man’s knee goes over an imaginary line before his hand crosses a different imaginary line … so NFL, 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,” he added.
Watch below, courtesy of Comedy Central: