Ray Rice Reinstated By NFL After Winning Appeal
A former federal judge found that the NFL and Roger Goodell unfairly punished Rice twice for a Feb. domestic violence incident.By Christian Bryant | November 28, 2014
A former federal judge has overturned ex-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's indefinite suspension from the NFL Friday, clearing the way for Rice to be reinstated into the league.
The former judge, acting as an arbitrator for the legal proceedings between Rice and the NFL, found that the league unfairly punished Rice twice for the February incident in which he hit his wife and knocked her unconscious in an Atlantic City casino. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell initially suspended Rice two games and fined him $500,000. But after a second, more incriminating video surfaced, Goodell suspended Rice indefinitely.
A New York Times writer frames the decision as a defeat for the NFL and Goodell, who has been taken to task for so-called missteps in his handling of Rice's case, other lopsided player suspensions and the league's personal conduct policy.