Roger Goodell To Testify At Ray Rice’s Appeal Hearing

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | 0

Roger Goodell

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify in the appeal hearing for suspended former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was cut by the team after video evidence of him knocking out his then-fiancée in a New Jersey Casino elevator surfaced online on September 8.

Several sources confirmed tonight (Wed., October 22, 2014) that presiding Judge Barbara S. Jones decided Goodell should testify, no surprise given that he decided Rice’s previous punishment.

His testimony will become part of the all-inclusive investigation of the scandal that is being conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller III.

Rice, who was initially given a two-game suspension from Commissioner Goodell and is appealing on the basis that he has already served the mandatory six-game suspension that first time offender of the league’s new policy on domestic violence receive.

Rice maintains that he did not lie to Goodell during their meeting. He is also seeking back pay from the Ravens and immediate reinstatement to the league. His hearing is set to take place on November 5 or 6, with Rice potentially being eligible for reinstatement around mid-November.

It’s unclear as to whether or not any teams would take a chance on Rice, but there are certainly several teams who need help at running back. If Rice’s suspension proves to be an unfair one, there’s a very good chance that will open a doorway for a team to claim enough moral justification to sign him to a contract.

After all, the sports media loves a comeback story, and it would make for popular TV if Rice were given another chance to prove how he and his wife have changed their relationship.

But at the heart of the matter, he knocked out his wife in an elevator and got caught red-handed in the process. For him to claim that he was wronged in the process is just, well, wrong.

Sure, Roger Goodell and the NFL offices undoubtedly made some mistakes in the handling of the situation. However, is that enough to let a violent abuser back in the league?

Based on the fallout of negativity that the NFL has recently endured, the answer would have to be a resounding “No.”

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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