No sign of settlement talks in Rice appeal hearing, yet

AP

From the moment former federal judge Barbara S. Jones decided that Commissioner Roger Goodell will testify in the Ray Rice appeal hearing, a distinct possibility emerged that the challenge to Rice’s indefinite suspension will be resolved.

And while a settlement could indeed come at some point before the hearing commences on November 5, there’s no current indication of any negotiations aimed at concluding the case without requiring Goodell to answer questions under oath from lawyers Jeffrey Kessler or Peter Ginsberg or, possibly, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith himself.

Settling the case wouldn’t be a simple process.  Simply reinstating Rice surely wouldn’t cut it.  Rice would also want compensation for some of the time he already has missed as a result of a second punishment that prevented him from returning after Week Two, the duration of his original suspension.

Then there’s the reality that the financial value of avoiding the appeal hearing could be worth much more to the NFL than whatever it would take to fairly compensate Rice.  And Rice’s lawyers surely know this.

Settling the appeal also would create a delicate P.R. situation for the league, creating the impression for some that the NFL hopes not to do the right thing with Rice but to protect Goodell from having to answer questions about what happened — especially since anything Goodell says while testifying can be used against him by investigator Robert Mueller, who surely will be examining all testimony to compare it to the things that were said by those same witnesses when meeting with members of Mueller’s team.

So at this point a settlement would be a surprise, even if a settlement ultimate would make the most sense for everyone involved.

16 responses to “No sign of settlement talks in Rice appeal hearing, yet

  1. I actually agree with Florio, that settling this matter makes the most sense. The problem for the league is that the press, and fans that have followed this story closely, WILL conclude that Goodell must have lied to the public and/or to the league investigator as to what was said in a ”one on one” with Rice.

  2. I hope he does get reinstated, the NFL shafted him.

    That said, I can’t imagine any time picking him up.

    Meanwhile, has the league dished out any other punishments since? Other than fines they’ve been pretty quiet.

  3. What Ray Rice did was despicable, but the decisions by the NFL and the Ravens were done in haste and somewhat to save face.
    Not sure if Ray will be owed anything, but his suspension should be lifted as he already has missed half a season. some team will take a flyer on him since he only has to be paid week to week at the veteran minimum.

  4. This whole article could be true unless Goodell you believe in the truth and there was never a cover-up, just some questionable decision making. The NFL believes that RR is trying to fight a fight that he has no chance of winning. Just because Goodell may be on the stand, doesn’t mean a judge will let the NFLPA lawyers badger him into getting info or power in this power struggle.

  5. They NFL has blown this so badly they’ve made Ray Rice a sympathetic figure instead of the wife beating scumbag that he actually is.

    SMH

  6. The one consistent thing throughout this whole affair has been Goodell and the NFL failing to look more than 5 minutes into the future. The lying about the tape, the indefinite suspension… everything has been knee-jerk reactions to get immediate PR relief that end up imploding once people really look at the details.

    Now, get ready for Goodell to testify he was lied to even though Archie Griffin already said publicly that Rice told them exactly what happened. And Rog will explain that for whatever reason the NFL doesn’t record important meetings or keep transcripts, so the arbiter will just need to take his word for what happened. It’s just crazy how dumb Goodell is.

  7. Everyone keeps forgetting that Goodell never said Rice lied, he said that he was vague.

    In other words Ray didn’t make it sound as bad as it was in Goodell’s opinion. Thus when the video came out that showed how bad it was, now Goodell can say truthfully that he didn’t realize it was that bad.

    If he had called him an outright liar, this would be over right now. However he didn’t.

    The NFL wants this to play out, because they win either way. If the judge rules in their favor they win because they are vindicated. If the judge rules for Rice then the NFL can say that they were trying to be hard on Rice BUT a judge let him off easy. It was the judge that allowed the wife beater back in. Also if a team then signs him, that team and NOT the NFL can be looked at as taking a week stance on domestic abuse.

    It might be a cynical rationale but it is one that I can see the NFL using.

  8. bigjdve says:
    Oct 31, 2014 1:31 PM
    Everyone keeps forgetting that Goodell never said Rice lied, he said that he was vague.

    In other words Ray didn’t make it sound as bad as it was in Goodell’s opinion. Thus when the video came out that showed how bad it was, now Goodell can say truthfully that he didn’t realize it was that bad.

    If he had called him an outright liar, this would be over right now. However he didn’t.

    The NFL wants this to play out, because they win either way. If the judge rules in their favor they win because they are vindicated. If the judge rules for Rice then the NFL can say that they were trying to be hard on Rice BUT a judge let him off easy. It was the judge that allowed the wife beater back in. Also if a team then signs him, that team and NOT the NFL can be looked at as taking a week stance on domestic abuse.

    It might be a cynical rationale but it is one that I can see the NFL using.
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    Everything you just said is so true

  9. “Everyone keeps forgetting that Goodell never said Rice lied, he said that he was vague.”

    Unfortunately for Goodell, that brings up the question as to why he didn’t demand to see the second tape if he was uncomfortable about how vague Rice was being. Every version of events they present just ends up circling back to that same sticking point. Nobody in their position would have acted without seeing that tape. And if you conclude they have to be lying about that then nothing else they say is going to be believable, either.

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