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Rice hearing starts

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(AP) — Ray Rice’s appeal hearing begins today in New York, nearly two months after the former Ravens running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by Baltimore.

The suspension came Sept. 8 after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee was released publicly. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL’) originally had suspended the running back for two games. The incident occurred inside an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The couple married a month later.

The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to amend Rice’s suspension. But Rice’s attorneys will argue he should not be punished twice, citing Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement.

Rice is seeking immediate reinstatement, though it’s unlikely a team would sign him this season. Rice has also filed a separate wrongful termination grievance against the Ravens.

Goodell is expected to testify but still could avoid it if the league and Rice reach a last-minute settlement.


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