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Ray Rice's domestic violence suspension hearing

Next month, Ray Rice, a tailback for the Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League, will have an appeal hearing on his indefinite suspension from the league. He was suspended by Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, for violating the policy on personal conduct.

Rice's suspension was the result of a video coming to light that showed the football player punching his wife while they were at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in February of this year. He pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony aggravated assault. He was able to avoid doing jail time because of a pretrial intervention program.

Goodell said in a news conference in September that the account of the incident given by Rice and his then-fiancee in June wasn't the same as what he saw on the video that hit the media later. However, when Rice acted out what happened back in June, he was specific. A source said, "Ray owned it from day one." This means that while Goodell will be required to testify at the appeals hearing about what he knew and when he knew it, it could be rather interesting. Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games until the video became public.

The NFL has had several instances of domestic violence recently. This has led to an increase in awareness in domestic violence across the country. Those who are facing such charges should understand the full consequences that they can have, including losing the right to own a firearm, possible fines and prison time, and having to stay away from his or her children if so indicated in a protection order. An experienced attorney can provide more information on how to build a defense case against domestic violence charges.

Source: NY Daily News, "NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be forced to testify at Ray Rice appeal hearing, arbiter rules" Teri Thompson and Kevin Armstrong, Oct. 23, 2014

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