WATCH: Jon Stewart Nails the NFL's Absurd Dissembling in the Ray Rice Affair

Jon Stewart pretty much articulated the long and the short of the fiasco of how the NFL has handled Ray Rice's well-documented domestic violence incident. "You done fucked up," said the late night comedian. What's more, the NFL just keeps dissembling, and, well, fucking up.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said in an interview that they did not need to see the punch in the elevator before banning Rice from the league altogether, rather than merely levying their initial two-game suspension wrist slap. Then he completely contradicted himself and said it was the "graphic" nature of the elevator video that made it clear that Rice had to be banned. Does he understand that those two statements simply do not go together? 

Stewart also points out how it is simply not credible for the commish to claim that the lowly, pauperish, well-lawyered NFL organization was not "granted permission to see the tape," despite requesting it. "You had the tape," Stewart said. "But you want us to believe that you did not look at it." The late night host then riffed on the NFL's video obsession, where plays are analyzed from every possible camera angle known to man and then some, to decide whether a players knee came down on or over the line, whether the ball was down before the hand, whatever, you name it.  These guys watch a lot of videos.

Here's Stewart's spot-on segment:

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