Ray Rice to Appeal Indefinite Suspension from NFL

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Ray Rice is expected to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, according to multiple league sources.

Rice was released by the Baltimore Ravens this past Monday (Sept.8), just hours after TMZ released a video showing him knocking out his now-wife on a casino elevator in February.

The NFL followed by suspending Rice indefinitely shortly after his release, a much harsher punishment than the original two-game suspension given in July.

According to ProFootballTalk, the NFL Players Association will handle the appeal. The appeal must be filed by 11:59 p.m. ET on Tuesday–three business days after the NFL officially notified the players’ union of the suspension.

“Rice is expected to contend that he told the team and the league the truth,” ProFootballTalk reports. “Ultimately, the person who resolves the appeal will have to hear testimony from Rice, Goodell, and other witnesses before deciding whether Rice lied — especially since Ravens G.M. Ozzie Newsome has said that Rice didn’t lie.”

The union will also argue that Rice was punished twice for the same offense, according to NFL.com.

The NFL and the Ravens both have repeatedly argued that they had no idea of the intensity of the incident between Rice and his wife until they saw the video footage from inside the elevator for the first time on Monday.

Ray Rice has not spoken publicly since the indefinite suspension was announced, but released a statement last Tuesday.

“I have to be strong for my wife. She is so strong,” Rice said in a statement Tuesday. “We are in good spirits. We have a lot of people praying for us and we’ll continue to support each other. I have to be there for [Janay] and my family right now and work through this.”

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