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  Season 40: Episode 1









14a: Chris Pratt / Ariana Grande

State of the Union

Candy Crowley.....Aidy Bryant
Roger Goodell.....Chris Pratt
Ray Lewis.....Kenan Thompson
Shannon Sharpe.....Jay Pharoah

Candy Crowley: Welcome to State of the Union, I'm Candy Crowley. Tonight, the NFL in crisis. Recent incidents of abuse from Ray Rice and Adrien Peterson have taken a toll on the league. Now, I'll confess: I don't know a lot about football. My Sundays are reserved for Candy Time. I read Nora Roberts novels while a crack team of Korean ladies rehabilitate my feet. But even I know that this league is in trouble. Earlier today, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell tried to take control of things with yet another press conference. Take a look.

Roger Goodell: This has been a tough couple of weeks. But in time of troubles you learn who your friends are, so I wanna thank all the people who stood by me. Red Skins owner, Dan Snyder. Michael Vick, and Saints coach Sean Payton for not holding me to the same standard that I held him. I appreciate it.

Candy Crowley: Joining me now are NFL veterans former Raven lineback, Ray Lewis.

Ray Lewis: Let's talk about this, Candy.

Candy Crowley: And Hall of Fame, Shannon Sharpe.

Shannon Sharpe: Well... thank you, Candy. It is absolutely a pleasure to be here. It really is.

Candy Crowley: Alright. First let's talk about Adrian Peterson who is under investigation for child abuse. Ray Lewis, you're a parent. Have you felt you went too far in disciplining your own child?

Ray Lewis: Well, Candy, children need an education. One way for them to receive that is by going to school. You wake up, you feed the child, get the child dressed send them off.

Candy Crowley: Ok, yes, but I'm asking about you. Have you ever used corpral punishment on a child?

Ray Lewis: A child has a book bag, lunch box, brand new clothes, and I provide those things. So, when you're talking about teaching somebody something, that's what we're paying attention to.

Candy Crowley: Yes, but, what I'm asking is, what about you? Have you ever, say, had a legal problem that might have disrupted your time?

Ray Lewis: I know what you're getting at. And let me perfectly clear. School buses are yellow, or sometimes orange, depending. Bus pulls up, child gets on. Child goes off to school.

Candy Crowley: Ok, Shannon Sharpe, is this a common problem in the NFL? Have you ever had legal troubles yourself with a spouce or child?

Shannon Sharpe: Candy, look, look... I have never had any legal trouble on my own, dating all the way back to 2010 when I did have some legal problem, so yes, yes.

Candy Crowley: Mr. Sharpe, Why is this such an ongoing problem?

Shannon Sharpe: Well, well, well... I believe... Candy, players in the NFL are trained to be aggressive, ok? When you get off that field you're full of adrenaline, testosterone, painkillers and Budlight Lime. Ok? The NFL needs to calm these players down, you know, maybe have some herbal tea or a soothing light show. The posibilities go to infinity, Candy.

Candy Crowley: Alright. Let's look at another clip from Roger Goodell, who I think announce more steps that the NFL is taking on domestic abuse.

Roger Goodell: We want to be part of the solution, so the NFL is organising its own ''Take Back The Night'' march on October 8th. What this says is ''We Fight Women''. Oh, excuse me, "We Fight 4 Women". We Fight Four Different Women? I... No? Yeah, of course not... I'm so sorry...

Candy Crowley: Whatever Goodell is saying he's certainly firm about it. Ray Lewis, I've just been told you did have some legal trouble when you were arrested in 2000. Is this a systemic problem?

Ray Lewis: Schoolbus pulls up. The child goes inside.

Shannon Sharpe: Candy, Candy, may I say something?

Candy Crowley: Yes, I'm sorry, Mr. Sharpe, Did your bowtie just get bigger?

Shannon Sharpe: Ok, Candy... this is a society-wide issue, ok? NFL can possibly solve it, so I'm looking forward to all being solved by the NFL very soon, yes I am.

Candy Crowley: Alright. Let's take a break to sort this out but first, live from New York, it's Saturday Night!


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