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Ray Rice expected to appeal NFL suspension

New Rochelle native and former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL. According to an agreement with the NFL players' union, Rice has until 11:59 p.m.

News 12 Staff

Sep 16, 2014, 6:34 AM

Updated 3,569 days ago

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New Rochelle native and former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL.
According to an agreement with the NFL players' union, Rice has until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to appeal. That is three business days after the NFL officially notified the players' union of the suspension.
At the end of August, the NFL laid out its new domestic violence policy, which says, in part, that a first-time offender would be suspended for six games. Part of Rice's challenge to the suspension may be that he is a first-time offender, yet the NFL suspended him indefinitely.
Rice was released by the Ravens just hours after a video was released by TMZ that showed the running back knocking out his then-fiancée with a punch in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The NFL suspended Rice indefinitely shortly after the video release, a far more severe penalty than the two-game suspension initially handed down by the league in July.
Rice made his first public appearance since the suspension in New Rochelle at his former high school's home home opener football game. His wife Janay and 2-year-old daughter were by his side. Some of his fans in New Rochelle say they hope Rice appeals.
It is likely that the player's association will argue that the league should not have back-tracked on Rice's original two-game suspension which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doled out in July.
Goodell changed his policy after admitting he "got it wrong" when he gave Rice the two-game suspension.


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