Ray Rice wins suspension appeal, players union says

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Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back suspended by the NFL for two games after video showed him dragging his then-fiancée (now his wife) from an elevator, told reporters on Thursday, July 31, 2014 his actions were "inexcusable."

By Jill Martin and Steve Almasy


(CNN) — Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has won his appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, the players union said Friday.

“The suspension has been vacated,” George Atallah, the assistant executive director of external affairs for the players’ union, said.

Rice was cut by the Ravens in September, so he is currently a free agent.

The former Ravens star had his contract terminated by the team in the wake of the disturbing video that shows him knocking out his now-wife Janay Rice on an elevator in a casino in Atlantic City on February 15.

In September, hours after the Ravens cut Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lengthened Rice’s suspension from two games to an indefinite period.

Former U.S. District Judge Barbara Jones, a neutral arbitrator, presided over Rice’s appeal hearing in New York earlier this month.

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  • BOB

    The assault occured in February and subsequently Janay married Ray on March 28th. If she’s OK with it why the after the fact outrage by the NFL only after the story hit the news?

    • bob

      Because we are a civilized society. She may be OK with it, but that’s doesn’t mean that the rest of us have to be.

      He also committed a crime that would have got you or me jailed for quite a while. But apparently he’s a better person than we are.

      • BOB

        Tiger Woods cheated on his wife with every woman in town but our “civilized Society” forgave him because we have a selective conscience.

    • bob

      So far she’s demonstrated that she’s OK with being spit on, called a “w h o r e”, and being beaten unconscious. I guess that’s the price she’s willing to pay to avoid gainful employment. What a loser.


    National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell knew about this incident long before he acted. It was only after the video went public did he step forward and suspend Rice. It’s all about the money, and Rice wouldn’t have got a slap on the wrist if the public hadn’t heard about it.

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