NFL’s Ray Rice Wins Appeal Against Suspension

NFL star Ray Rice, who was banned by the league for domestic violence, has won an appeal against his suspension, says a players’ union.

The NFL Players Association says Rice’s suspension has been “vacated immediately”.

US District Judge Barbara Jones is said to have rejected the NFL’s ban of the former Baltimore Ravens running back.

She was deciding whether the NFL had overstepped its authority in modifying Rice’s two-game suspension, making it indefinite.

The NFL said in a statement that it respected the judge’s decision.

“Based on Judge Jones’ decision, he will be eligible to play upon signing a new contract,” it said.

The case cast a spotlight on the NFL’s domestic violence problem and the big-money league’s fumbling response to such incidents.

The scandal blew up after footage emerged that showed the player punching unconscious his then-fiancee in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino in February.

Rice was given a two-game ban in July after a smaller portion of the same video showed him dragging Janay Palmer off the lift.

The NFL was heavily criticised over the seemingly light punishment, and commissioner Roger Goodell later admitted that he “didn’t get it right”.

The Ravens ultimately terminated Rice’s $40m (25.6m) contract.

It is not clear if teams will now be lining up to sign the player, whose name so tarnished the NFL brand this year.

Rice was charged with felony assault over the incident, but avoided jail time after being accepted into a pretrial intervention programme.

Speaking to reporters in July, Rice called his actions “inexcusable”.

Rice also vowed to work alongside his wife, with whom he said he attended counselling, to speak out about domestic violence.

He played six seasons in Baltimore, and was the team’s second-leading rusher in franchise history with 6,180 yards.

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28 November 2014 | 9:50 pm – Source:


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