Ray Rice, (pictured right) the embattled former star running back for the Baltimore Ravens, has appealed his indefinite suspension from the team, seeking reinstatement and payment of the more than $3.5 million salary he lost this season, according to ESPN NFL. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been ordered to testify in Rice’s appeal, the report says.
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Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, a neutral arbitrator, is scheduled to hear the appeal on Nov. 5th and 6th.
In additional testimony from Goodell, a league source tells ESPN that the following others will testify at the appeal hearing, including Rice; NFLPA attorney Heather McPhee; Ravens president Dick Cass; Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, and NFL executives Jeff Pash and Adolpho Birch. Rice’s wife, Janay Palmer Rice, as well as Jeff Miller, the NFL’s security chief, also might testify.
NFL lawyers had argued that Goodell shouldn’t have to testify, and instead were offering testimony from Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy. Pash and Birch were with Goodell when he met with Rice’s side in June to talk about what happened when the former Pro Bowl running back hit his then-fiancée in an elevator.
Rice described details of the incident at that meeting. Goodell has called Rice’s description “ambiguous” while Rice’s side has maintained he gave exact details.
Rice was suspended indefinitely on Sept. 8th, after TMZ released a video of Rice hitting his now-wife, Janay Palmer Rice. Last year, he signed a 5-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens, receiving a $15 million signing bonus.
Read more at ESPN NFL.
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