To say that Roger Goodell’s tenure as NFL Commissioner is in peril is an understatement. He has been ducking and fumbling for the past 48 hours after being pelted with a torrential downpour of criticism from the media, the general populace and even Congress for the dubious handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence debacle.Conflicting reports are flooding the airwaves, literally causing brain overload, about whether or not the NFL saw the video of Rice delivering the left hook felt around the world prior to handing down the featherweight sanctions ( two games) on the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back.Several sources, including the now defunct casino and an anonymous law enforcement source, said the NFL either were given a copy of the nuclear hot videotape of the beating or that they could have easily attained it if they had just asked for it.Now congressmen are joining the media chorus calling for “transparency” and a former FBI director is going to conduct an independent investigation in order to unveil what the NFL knew and when they knew it.Many media members as well as women’s groups are calling for Goodell’s immediate resignation in light of the greatest scandal in the commissioner’s tenure.To top it all off, social media has Goodell in its jaws and are clamping down on the commish with hilarious memes mocking him for the comedy of errors that include changing the light suspension the indefinite suspension/ban from the NFL.Take a look:
By John BurtonRED BANK – Riverview Medical Center will gain another resource at its disposal in addressing the continuing addiction crisis, thanks to a recent generous donation.The Tigger House Foundation has provided a $120,000 gift to the medical center to support bringing on addiction counselors to work primarily in the medical center’s emergency department.“It’s really crucial,” to make counseling services immediately available to help patients and families struggling with addiction, observed Ramon Solhkhah, M.D., chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, and corporate medical director for Meridian Health Services.Both Jersey Shore and Riverview are members of the Hackensack Meridian Health network.“I do believe this will help save lives,” said Lisa Stavola, who, with her husband, Rick, founded the Tigger House Foundation, providing another layer of immediate treatment.The additional funds will allow Riverview to hire a full-time and a part-time licensed addiction counselor to be available at the medical center’s Alton A. Hovnanian Emergency Care Center, in Red Bank, providing seven-day-a-week coverage, likely for the late afternoon-evening shift, according to Solhkhah. All of the Hackensack-Meridian medical centers’ emergency rooms have access to mental health specialists, those skilled in psychiatric emergency services. And in the case of Riverview, they would do double duty providing counseling for those in the ER with substance abuse issues. “But we felt this is really a special skill set,” Solhkhah said, “to really work with patients, to know where they’re at, in terms of addressing their addiction in trying to work with them.” The counselors also can play an important role in helping families deal with these often terrible situations. “Often times when a patient is struggling with addiction, their family members, obviously, are in the middle of it as well,” he said.Riverview Medical Center’s Alton A. Hovnanian Emergency Care Center has received a donation that will help the center’s ability to treat patients for opioid addiction.Rosemary Daniels“Parents so often just don’t know how to deal with this,” Stavola said, recalling the experiencing of dealing with addiction in her family.Middletown residents Rick and Lisa Stavola lost their son Rick Jr., also known as “Tigger,” to a heroine overdose in 2013. The family founded the Tigger House Foundation following the family’s loss.Tigger House Foundation board member and friend of the Stavolas, Christian Peter, former NFL defensive tackle, is helping to bring attention to the important issue of opiate addiction.“Families often don’t know what to do in these situations,” when a family member is in crisis and in the hospital, Stavola acknowledged. “We’ve certainly seen over the past several years that our need to provide services in the emergency room has grown exponentially,” Solhkhah noted. “Our emergency rooms are really the frontlines for providing these services.”“I think we’ve been doing as good a service as we possibly could up to now,” Solhkhah added. “But I think this will be even better and really provide specialized services to take care of those patients and connect them to ongoing treatment.”The Tigger House Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, which according to Lisa Stavola, works to raise money to assist programs aimed at addressing the addiction epidemic.“Our partnership with the Tigger House Foundation is a wonderful example of what can happen when community organizations and health networks come together come together to address a significant need in the community,” said Joseph A. Miller, vice president neurosciences and behavioral health at Meridian Health in a released statement.