As expected, Ray Rice wins the appeal of his suspension

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Now that’s what the NFLPA would call independence and neutrality.

Per a league source, former U.S. Judge Barbara S. Jones has rejected the NFL’s indefinite suspension of former Ravens running back Ray Rice.  In her designated role as the hearing officer for Rice’s appeal of his suspension, Judge Jones has overturned the suspension.

This outcome, which was expected, presumably means that Rice will be reinstated immediately.  (Unless, of course, the NFL puts him on the Commissioner-Exempt list.)

Rice and the union contended that the league lacked the ability to suspend him a second time for conduct that the NFL already knew about.  The league claimed that Rice had not been truthful in his explanation of the events.

Eligible to play or not, it’s unlikely that teams will be lining up to sign Rice.  For starters, it’s unknown what kind of shape he’s in.  Also, his age, wear and tear, and the distractions inherent to his domestic violence situation will make it harder to justify adding him to a team.

Then again, teams that find themselves in the running for a playoff berth could decide to set aside principle in the hopes of reaching for a silver trophy.

81 responses to “As expected, Ray Rice wins the appeal of his suspension

  1. Disregarding what Rice has done; The entire saga has been nothing but embarrassing from start to finish. The NFL needs to sort its disciplinary processes out this offseason as priority number 1

  2. So… after all this, it ends up being a 12 game suspension. Which to me, seems like a fair and just punishment that Goddell could have just doled out in the first place.

    And still, in all this– TMZ comes out looking the the only one that knows how to do its job.

  3. He served his suspension and is working on becoming a better person….I have no problem with him getting a second chance….Broncos, Browns and Dolphins should call this guy immediately…..

  4. If Rice could still contribute, teams wouldn’t have any second thoughts about bringing him in. That’s just the way this league of scumbags (supported by idiots like me who continue to watch its games) runs itself, just think about the way Leonard Little kept playing for the Rams.

  5. I could see the patriots picking him up, with their high standards for player character and all.

    Other teams fans envy our teams players. Other teams players envy our teams fans. #choochoohawksdynastytrain
    #12thmanisheretostay #dynastybeforeyoureyes #kissthering

  6. It’s important to realize that, based on what I’ve read here… Suspending a player indefinitely was not the crime; suspending him a 2nd time for the same infraction was.

    Now, the NFL knows to go straight for the jugular the first time around when these players beat their wives and kids.

  7. conormacleod says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:06 PM
    Good. AP should be next. Even the mighty nfl cannot ignore a CBA. The nfl should have to pay Rice money as well.
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    Why? He got his contract paid out… Pay attention, you’ve gotten a lot of things wrong in this and the AP cases.

  8. magnumpimustache, he has no case for the full remainder of his salary. He got cut, only entitled to what any cut player would receive from the contract.

    I doubt any team signs the headache. Maybe next year but definitely not worth it this year. He was lousy last year.

  9. This has more to do with Goodell than Ray Rice. He lied, plain and simple, when he stated he didn’t have full knowledge of the incident. He feigned outrage when that video was released. If he had imposed an actual punishment against Rice (instead of that 2 game crap), he wouldn’t be in this position now. That said, I don’t really care for Rice. His career is basically over anyway.

  10. No guarantees in life but I’m pretty positive he will be signed. This side of AP he’s the best RB in the league. But as said who knows the shape he’s in

  11. There was room for players such as James Harrison, Brandon Marshall, and Erik Walden after their issues involving domestic violence. It’d be a ridiculous double standard if teams gave other players a second chance in the past but refused to do so with Ray Rice.

  12. Its the correct ruling and only fair given the public lynching he went through. He went to court and is abiding by the courts decisions. What else can he do. Hope someone signs him this season but I doubt it. He’ll get a chance with someone next year.

  13. No guarantees in life but I’m pretty positive he will be signed. This side of AP he’s the best RB in the league. But as said who knows the shape he’s in
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    Ahhh…what?

  14. booboo31 says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:15 PM
    No guarantees in life but I’m pretty positive he will be signed. This side of AP he’s the best RB in the league.
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    Uhhh he averaged 3.1 YPC last year

  15. southpaw2k says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:20 PM

    There was room for players such as James Harrison, Brandon Marshall, and Erik Walden after their issues involving domestic violence. It’d be a ridiculous double standard if teams gave other players a second chance in the past but refused to do so with Ray Rice.

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    Major difference with those guys is that they were still good players who could help their teams win. Ray Rice was already washed up….

    Not sure he’d have a job all at even with no baggage. Perhaps league minimum backup a la MJD, but those kinds of guys don’t get jobs if they comes with bad publicity.

  16. Here’s an ironclad guarantee: if Harold Henderson had heard Rice’s appeal, like he did Josh Gordon’s, and like he will A.P.’s, the headline would have begun with the same two words: “As expected”.

  17. so not only does he beat a woman and drag her like a doll, but now people will want to sign a guy who was averaging like 3 ypc the year before? he plays a position where they age quickly and he is at that point

    let him play in another league, no way can you accept that guy back after that video came out.

  18. There should 1 standard question asked and answered correctly when a professional athlete signs a contract.

    What is the definition of integrity ?

    Answer incorrectly and you have no business representing a professional spots team.

  19. You know what’s sad is that Rice deserved the indefinite suspension but Goodell prevented it from happening. Disgraceful.

  20. martylaughlin says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:17 PM
    does this mean AP has a chance this season too?
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    Why, was AP suspended twice for the same infraction…?

    Can you read?

  21. kevinb73 says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:59 PM
    Next Adrian Peterson’s suspension will be lifted.
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    How does this ruling have ANY impact on the AP case…?

    AP was not suspended twice for the same infraction.

    Cool story, though!

  22. Nov 28, 2014, 2:11 PM CST
    conormacleod says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:06 PM
    Good. AP should be next. Even the mighty nfl cannot ignore a CBA. The nfl should have to pay Rice money as well.
    ————————
    Why? He got his contract paid out… Pay attention, you’ve gotten a lot of things wrong in this and the AP cases.
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    Violation of the CBA. Collusion. Violating his constitutional rights. Lost future wages. I know the law. You do not. You think the NFL can do whatever it wants because they are a private company. A Judge just proved otherwise.

  23. theblowtorchreview
    Nov 28, 2014, 3:14 PM CST
    So, it’s ok to KO a woman, but keep your hands off the Quarterback.
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    A common response by those that do not understand the law. Same in the AP case. Because you don’t like what they did, you feel any punishment is ok. You would be wrong.

  24. ajas95 says: Nov 28, 2014 3:03 PM

    So… after all this, it ends up being a 12 game suspension. Which to me, seems like a fair and just punishment that Goddell could have just doled out in the first place.

    And still, in all this– TMZ comes out looking the the only one that knows how to do its job.

    ______________________________

    What a sickening thought, as true as it is.

  25. In reading the judge’s comments:

    “Moreover, any failure on the part of the League to understand the level of violence was not due to Rice’s description of the event but to the inadequacy of words to convey the seriousness of domestic violence.””

    Try this description: “She made me mad, so I punched her in the face and knocked her out.” Looking that over I see simple words that even an idiot like Ray Rice should have been able to find.

    And this one is just as good:
    “That the League did not realize the severity of the conduct without a visual record also speaks to their admitted failure in the past to sanction this type of conduct more severely.” How this judge made this connection is beyond me. They were not able to imagine the behavior because they sanction it.

    The failure of the NFL is to not immediately expel players who perpetuate violence. No second chances.

    And another example of the real culprit in all of this – the NFLPA who is more interested in protecting players than doing the right thing.

  26. Why would any team sign him this year, with 4 games left in the regular season? Any team in playoff contention already has a running back. Some team will take a flyer on him for 2015 on a vet minimum deal.

  27. Good. The witch hunt for this guy after he got into a fight with another adult who charged him in an elevator & later admitted some of the blame for the incident & reconciled and married him.

  28. conormacleod says:
    Nov 28, 2014 4:32 PM
    Nov 28, 2014, 2:11 PM CST
    conormacleod says:
    Nov 28, 2014 3:06 PM
    Good. AP should be next. Even the mighty nfl cannot ignore a CBA. The nfl should have to pay Rice money as well.
    ————————
    Why? He got his contract paid out… Pay attention, you’ve gotten a lot of things wrong in this and the AP cases.
    ——————-
    Violation of the CBA. Collusion. Violating his constitutional rights. Lost future wages. I know the law. You do not. You think the NFL can do whatever it wants because they are a private company. A Judge just proved otherwise.
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    LOL, you “know the law”, hahaha…

    A “judge” didn’t prove ANYTHING. An impartial arbitrator, who HAPPENS TO BE A (former) JUDGE, did.

    LOL, you thought this was a legal case? Hahaha.

  29. guitarfreak21 says:
    Nov 28, 2014 4:47 PM
    Tell me again why AP is suspended for an entire season?! SCREW GOODELL.
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    He wasn’t… He willingly took a paid vacation for 10 weeks, then received a 6 game suspension for beating several of his kids.

    Facts are facts, regardless of your ability to understand them.

  30. This ruling will set the stage for the firing of roger goodell. Thank god! Maybe now the nfl can persuade Adam silver to be the next nfl commissioner

  31. Now the Ravens can go ahead an sign Michael Sam…and that would be a PR move of the first magnitude…

  32. No surprise. A guy that should be in jail gets rewarded by the money grubbing NFL.

    Now they are going to give him his back pay and he suffers nothing. I am sure someone will pick him up just they did Vick.

    There is no justice for criminals anymore.

  33. A sincere apology should be unequivocal. A sincere apology does not minimize the behavior in question. In his recent statement of apology, Ray Rice referred several times to his violent crime as a “mistake”. A mistake is an accident. A violent crime on the other hand is intentional. By attempting to soften his actions with the use of the word “mistake”, Rice fails to acknowledge the severity of his crime and demonstrates a lack of remorse. Had he instead referred to his actions as a “crime” or an “atrocity” or something harsher than a mere “boo-boo”, I would be more inclined to believe him. I’m afraid his words indicate that this crime is one he is likely to repeat.

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