Ray Rice is eligible to return to NFL play after an arbitrator decreed Friday that league commissioner Roger Goodell had improperly punished the former Ravens running back twice for the same domestic violence offense.
Now, Rice's status is expected to be determined within the next few days as one source with knowledge of the situation predicted that former federal judge Barbara S. Jones will hand down her ruling as soon as Monday
It's fairly obvious that Roger Goodell's decision to suspend him until at least April 15 was heavily influenced by the Rice scandal, which focused a very harsh spotlight on the NFL's arbitrary and incoherent disciplinary system.
Final briefs from lawyers involved in Ray Rice's suspension appeal are due today, and former federal judge Barbara S. Jones is expected to hand down her ruling within the next 10 days, according to sources with knowledge of the case.
The third-party arbitrator who presided over the hearing that concluded last Thursday has informed lawyers to file their briefs by this Thursday with a decision expected to be handed down no later than 10 days afterward, according to sources with knowledge of the case.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome testified on Thursday that Ray Rice told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16 that he hit his then-fiancee, according to sources with knowledge of Newsome's sworn testimony.
Two new developments only add fuel to the widely held belief that both the league and the Ravens have been less than transparent since first learning of Rice's brutal assault on his then-fiancee in February.
The players' union hired former federal prosecutor Richard Craig Smith, who complained Friday night in an interview with the Associated Press that the NFL and the Ravens haven't cooperated with his requests for documents and witnesses.
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and team president Dick Cass have been informed in a ruling by a third-party arbitrator that they must testify at the appeal hearing for indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
NFL lawyers have rebuffed a request from the NFL Players Association that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to testify in the pending appeal of indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice, according to sources.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering implementing an independent panel of outside experts to advise the league on whether to place NFL players or other NFL employees on paid leave while their legal situations are pending in the court system.
Indefinitely suspended former Ravens Pro Bowl running back along with his wife, Janay, and his defense attorney, Michael Diamondstein, will meet with both NFL investigator Robert Mueller III and NFL Players Association investigator Richard Craig Smith, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
In a memo sent Thursday night to all NFL chief executives and team presidents from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, the league's top executive outlined the efforts taken toward anti-domestic violence and sexual assault initiatives.
The Baltimore Sun will follow Steve Smothers, Ellison Jordan and Eric Burrell as each works to improve his game while considering which college will be the best fit athletically, academically and socially.
In the latest twist to the Ray Rice situation, a law enforcement official claims he sent a video of the indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back punching his then-fiancee in April to NFL chief security officer Jeffrey Miller.
Ravens officials were asked Wednesday "to save any documents, texts, e-mails relating to Ray Rice" in preparation for the NFL's investigation being conducted by former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III, a team spokesman said.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith will huddle soon to determine a hearing officer and a hearing date for the appeal of indefinitely suspended former Ravens running back Ray Rice, according to a source.
A defiant Steve Bisciotti shot back at the Ray Rice camp and an ESPN report that alleged the organization engaged in a "pattern of misinformation and misdirection" following the running back's assault of his then-fiancee in February.
The Ravens have issued a lengthy rebuttal to an ESPN report that alleged that coach John Harbaugh wanted to cut former running back Ray Rice and also was aware in February the full details of Rice's physical altercation with his then-fiancee
Now that the NFL Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of indefinitely suspended former Ravens star running back Ray Rice, sources say they will base part of their argument by pointing out that TMZ edited the video that surfaced the day Rice's $35 million contract was terminated.
As the Ravens prepared for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, their organization remained under significant scrutiny for what it did and didn't do in its handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence situation.