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Roger Goodell testifies as Ray Rice appeal hearing begins
Roger Goodell testifies as Ray Rice appeal hearing begins

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was the first witness to testify in former Ravens running back Ray Rice's appeal hearing, which began Wednesday at a New York law firm. Goodell was questioned by NFL Players Association outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler, according to sources. Details of Goodell's testimony weren't disclosed by sources because of the gag order imposed by third-party arbitrator and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones. The NFL's top executive was expected to disclose specifics on why he increased Rice's original two-game suspension to an indefinite one. After a graphic video surfaced on Sept. 8 of Rice punching his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, Goodell...

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