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NFL lawyers rebuff players' union request that Goodell testify in Rice appeal hearing, sources say
NFL lawyers rebuff players' union request that Goodell testify in Rice appeal hearing, sources say

NFL lawyers have rebuffed a request from the NFL Players Association that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testify in the pending appeal of indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice, according to sources. Whether Goodell is ordered to testify will be at the discretion of Judge Barbara S. Jones, the hearing officer appointed by Goodell in consultation with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. It's unclear how the former federal district judge will proceed. Sources with knowledge of the situation expect the appeal hearing to be held in early November. In the disciplinary letter sent to Rice when his two-game suspension was increased to an indefinite one,...

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