By rule, Ravens running back Ray Rice has the right to appeal the two-game suspension and one-game fine imposed on him by Commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the personal-conduct policy. Per a league source, initial indications are that Rice will not appeal the ruling.
Since the appeal is handled by the person who made the decision in the first place, the chances of getting the discipline reduced are small. Likewise, the strong media and fan reaction to the ban as being too lenient would shift more directly and forcefully to Rice if Rice were to fight a suspension that his G.M., Ozzie Newsome, has been criticized for calling “fair.”
Rice has three days to appeal, so he has a couple of nights to sleep on it. Until a final answer comes, share your thoughts on whether the suspension went far enough.