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Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

Anchored by Jake Tapper, The Lead airs at 4 p.m. ET on CNN.

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President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

President Obama announces U.S. troops and funds will be sent to help fight Ebola.

sports lead

September 16th, 2014
07:04 PM ET

Is domestic violence in the NFL as widespread as portrayed?

(CNN) – In the wake of scandals involving two of its star players, the NFL has a growing image problem, not only with fans, but also with sponsors.

Anheuser-Busch, a beer company that spent $34 million on Super Bowl ads last year, is taking the league to task.
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sports lead

September 11th, 2014
06:31 PM ET

ESPN co-host: No evidence yet Goodell is lying

(CNN) – The president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and a chorus of others have called for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's resignation, after reports surfaced that the league saw a video of Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his fiancee out cold months ago.

Goodell said Tuesday that no one in the league saw the video before TMZ published it online earlier this week.

But not everyone is calling for Goodell's ouster. Indeed, ESPN "First Take" co-host Stephen A. Smith railed against NOW president Terry O'Neill.

"I'm sorry. I think this woman is off her rocker. She's lost her mind. That's right, I said it. Most ridiculous nonsense. Roger Goodell deserves to lose his job because - why are you acting like he's Ray Rice? Roger Goodell did not hit her. He hasn't hit any women," Smith said on ESPN.

Smith walked that back in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper," saying he apologizes to O'Neil because he believed she was calling for Goodell's resignation specifically because of his handling of the Ray Rice video.
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sports lead

September 10th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

Fmr. NFL player Chris Kluwe: Goodell says NFL didn't see Ray Rice video? I don't buy that

(CNN) – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told CBS News Tuesday that the league had not previously seen surveillance footage of running back Ray Race knocking his wife unconscious in a hotel elevator.

"I don't buy that," says former NFL player Chris Kluwe. "The NFL as an organization, and Roger Goodell has shown that as commissioner he will stop at nothing to find out all the facts in a case, and then render judgment on that case."
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September 9th, 2014
07:15 PM ET

TMZ's Harvey Levin: Why the heck didn't Godell try to get the Ray Rice video?

(CNN) – Security footage showing Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his wife unconscious in an elevator existed, and the NFL knew it was out there, says TMZ executive producer and founder Harvey Levin.

"The real issue is why the heck didn't the NFL commissioner seek to get it," Levin said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper. TMZ is owned by CNN's parent company.
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September 8th, 2014
06:41 PM ET

Was Hawks owner's email racist, or just business?

(CNN) – A NBA owner who came down hard against former LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for making racist remarks is now entangled in his own racial controversy.

Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson is offering to sell his stake in the team, after an email he sent back in 2012 surfaced. In it, he expresses a frustration that the majority of fans going to Hawks games are African American.
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