Ray Rice wins appeal, reinstated to NFL
Former Ravens running back Ray Rice won his appeal and will be reinstated to the NFL immediately, according to The Baltimore Sun and National Football Post's Aaron Wilson.
The NFL had indefinitely suspended Rice after the website TMZ published a video showing him punching his now-wife Janay Rice in the face inside of an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Before the video came to light, Rice was handed a two-game suspension.
In essence, Rice's attorneys successfully argued that the running back had been punished twice for the same offense. There was also no precedent for that kind of punishment, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also enacting a new domestic abuse policy where a first offense is given a six-game suspension.
Therefore, as horrible as Rice's offense is, the NFL, under the CBA, did not have the grounds to punish Rice twice.
It now remains to be seen if Rice will sign with another NFL team for the remainder of the 2014 season. There's no chance of Rice returning to Baltimore and only a handful of teams could use another running back for a playoff push.
Then again, with the backlash Baltimore received for sticking with Rice prior to the elevator video's release, it may be in each NFL team's best interest to wait until the offseason to consider signing Rice to a roster.
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