Count on Ray Rice being back in an NFL uniform sooner than later. The former Baltimore Ravens running back’s indefinite suspension has been overturned on appeal.
Short story … a judge just ruled NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell abused his authority when he changed Rice’s discipline from a 2-game suspension to an indefinite one.
The judge ruled Rice had told the truth when he was initially interviewed by Goodell and company and the Commish had no right to alter the punishment after TMZ posted the elevator video.
It could be something of a hollow victory … Rice is now a man without a team, and his prospects of new NFL employment is iffy at best.
In decision, U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones explained … “Rice did not mislead the Commissioner at the June 16th meeting, and therefore, that the imposition of a second suspension based on the same incident and the same known facts about the incident, was arbitrary.
Rice issued a statement, saying he was thankful for the appeals process and especially his wife. Now the question is, what team is going to give Rice, who is a free agent after getting cut by the Ravens, a second chance?
Also, Roger Goodell stays losing.
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