In a judgement call from an arbitrator , the former Baltimore Ravens running back , has had his appeal substantiated…..
Rice was suspended several games and fined a half a million dollars ($500,000) when National Football Commissioner Roger Goodell first became aware of a domestic dispute between Rice and his then fiancee’ , who has since become his wife…..
No police chargers where files, but under the NFL personal conduct clause….The league can sanction players for conduct detrimental to the league….
After a video of the incident became public….Goodell, under media pressure, changed the Rice suspension duration from a few games to indefinite….
The arbitrator, Barbara S. Jones, a onetime district court judge, agreed with Rice’s appeal that he had been the victim of a type of ‘double jeopardy ‘ in the change of the suspension duration…
He is now free to offer his service to any NFL football team….
In a defeat for the N.F.L. and Commissioner Roger Goodell, an arbitrator Friday overturned the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice, the former Baltimore Ravens running back who was videotaped knocking out his fiancée in a hotel elevator.
Barbara S. Jones, a onetime district court judge, heard Rice’s appeal over a two-day session earlier this month in which the running back argued that he had been penalized twice for the same incident: once when Goodell suspended him for two games and fined him $500,000, and again a few months later when he was suspended indefinitely after a video of the incident was published by the website TMZ.
Jones disagreed with the N.F.L.’s argument that Rice had misrepresented the severity of the incident when he met with Goodell in June to determine the original penalty. Her words are certain to raise fresh questions about Goodell’s handling of the biggest crisis of his eight-year tenure as commissioner as well as bolster his critics who claim that his control over the N.F.L.’s personal conduct policy should be diluted….
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