(NEW YORK) — Former Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice’s closed-door appeal to get back in the NFL wrapped up on Thursday, with both the Pro Bowl running back and his wife, Janay Rice, testifying separately — and taking on the league’s commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Goodell testified for more than two hours Wednesday, reportedly facing mostly contentious cross-examination at a New York City legal office from Ray Rice’s lawyers. Goodell’s statements have not been revealed because the hearing is under a gag order.
“The credibility of Roger Goodell, the credibility of the NFL is at stake here,” said ESPN analyst and former NFL executive Andrew Brandt. “Roger Goodell must show that what happened in that video and what he saw in that video was vastly and completely different than what he was told by Ray Rice.”
Rice, 27, is appealing his indefinite suspension from the league, arguing that he was forthcoming with NFL executives after he was arrested for a February domestic violence incident inside an Atlantic City, New Jersey, hotel elevator during which he assaulted his then-fiancee Janay Palmer.
After meeting with Goodell in June, Rice was initially suspended for two games.
When new video from the attack surfaced online months later, however, Rice was released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league, with the NFL considering the second video clip to be new evidence.
Rice has said that the indefinite suspension constitutes double jeopardy and that he can’t be suspended twice for the same offense.
The final decision rests in the hands of former federal judge Barbara Jones, who is serving as an independent arbitrator in the case. It was not clear when Jones would rule.
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