Ray Rice Back On The Field?: Ray Rice Fights NFL Ban [EXCLUSIVE]
I know you're tired of hearing about Ray Rice and the domestic abuse case between him and his wife, Janay Palmer. The ordeal costed the the once Pro-Bowl Runningback his career and most of his fan base. Rice is fighting back today after claiming that his indefinite suspension and dismissal from the Baltimore Ravens means that he would have been punished twice. Rice has spoken out and is now fighting to get back on the field. What do you think?
Ray Rice is fighting back against the NFL one week after video of him punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer in an Atlantic City casino elevator went public.
Rice, 27, is expected to file an appeal with the help of the NFL Players’ Association and an outside attorney later today, claiming he notified both the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL about his altercation back in June of this year.
The running back was originally just handed down a two-game suspension as a result of his actions in July for violating the NFL personal conduct policy.
Rice must file his appeal by 11:59 pm on Tuesday, three business days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell officially notified the players’ union of his indefinite suspension.
Sources tell The Baltimore Sun that the football star is also considering possible legal action following his increased discipline from the league, feeling that he has been punished twice for the same offense.
In his letter to the Player’s Association on Friday explaining Rice’s new punishment, Goodell wrote, ‘This video shows a starkly different sequence of events from what you and your representatives stated when we met on June 16, and is important new information that warrants reconsideration of the discipline imposed on you in July.’
The commissioner added, ‘Based on this new information, I have concluded that the discipline imposed upon you in July was insufficient under all the circumstances and have determined instead to impose an indefinite suspension.’
There has been some debate however over how much Goodell knew of the situation prior to last Monday, with one anonymous New Jersey law enforcement official saying last week he personally sent a tape of the incident to an NFL executive in April.
Multiple sources close to Rice also back up the story that the athlete was honest and upfront about the events that took place in that elevator last February when he met with Goodell in June.
Furthermore, under Article 46, Section 4 of the NFL collective bargaining agreement, it states, ‘The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct.’
Prior to his suspension by the NFL Monday afternoon, Rice had his five-year, $35 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens terminated, losing $3.529 million in salary for the season.