Ray Rice Arrives for NFL Appeal Hearing

Ray Rice has arrived Wednesday morning for his appeal hearing at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones in New York.

The hearing begins nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, league security chief Jeffery Miller, Ravens President Dick Cass and Rice are among the key witnesses expected to testify in the two-day hearing. Rice's wife, Janay, might testify.

Rice, a standout player at both at New Rochelle High School and Rutgers, was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy after a video of him hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly.

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Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two games. The incident occurred inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The couple married a month later.

The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to amend Rice's suspension. But Rice's attorneys will argue he should not be punished twice, citing Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

Two banners honoring alum Ray Rice were removed from Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium Tuesday after he was released by the Ravens and suspended from the NFL following the release of video that allegedly showed him punching his wife inside an elevator.

Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones is the neutral arbiter selected to hear the appeal. Jones was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players' union to hear the appeal. It's uncertain how long Jones will take to make a decision.

Rice is seeking immediate reinstatement, though it's unlikely a team would sign him this season. Rice has also filed a separate wrongful termination grievance against the Ravens.

Goodell still could avoid testifying if the league and Rice reach a last-minute settlement.

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