One of the lesser reported aspects of the Ray Rice case has been Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Rice’s argument in this appeal is that under the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league, a player cannot be punished twice for the same infraction. Kind of like a union version of double jeopardy.
What Goodell and the NFL knew and when did they know is as at the heart of Rice’s argument and if Rice can prove that Goodell did know everything when he first issued the light suspension of two games, then the NFL isn’t allowed to slap Rice with the indefinite suspension.
Goodell and the NFL are claiming, however, they didn’t have all the information they needed to render a verdict initially and the indefinite suspension should stand.
But as Twitchy reported, there is some question if that’s really a true statement:
Well, the judge in the appeal now wants to know the details of exactly what Goodell knew and is ordering the commish and other Ravens executives to testify under oath. This could get entertaining real fast, to say the least:
Robert Muller being the former head of the FBI who was hired to conduct and independent investigation of Goodell and the NFL’s handling of the entire Rice affair.
Holy-moly. Muller must be salivating at the prospect of getting all of these top NFL officials under oath as he conducts his investigation.
The hearing is set for November 5-6 in New York City.