UPDATE: The two day hearing concluded yesterday and the length of time to make a decision has not been set. However, it has been said the Rice could prevail. Commissioner Goodell testified for two hours on Wednesday and stated that, “It was clear there was an act of domestic violence, but it was inconsistent with the way he described what happened.” Rice was first suspended for two games by Commissioner Goodell but when the video surfaced, the league banned him indefinitely saying it was new evidence. General manager Ozzie Newsome testified Thursday during Rice’s appeal saying he did hear the Raven tell Commissioner Goodell during the disciplinary hearing on June 16 that he did strike his then fiancée Janay Palmer. Thus Rice and his legal team are arguing double jeopardy. If Rice is reinstated he could return to the NFL this season. Rice has also filed a separate grievance against the Ravens, due to contract termination.
Ray Rice arrived at his appeal hearing today in New York. Nearly two months after the former Raven was suspended and released from the NFL, the trail begins. Some of the witnesses expected to testify is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Jeffery Miller (league security chief), Ravens President Dick Cass and Rice himself. The trial is expected to last two days. On September 8, Rice was suspended indefinitely; referencing the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video was released publicly by TMZ. The incident took place back in February while inside of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino.