this Oct. 8, 2014, photo, NFL Commissioner Roger
Goodell speaks during a news conference following a
meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York. A
person familiar with the case has told The
Associated Press that an arbiter has ruled that
Goodell should testify in Ray Rice's appeal of his
indefinite suspension. The person spoke on condition
of anonymity because details of the appeal have not
been made public.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has been told to testify in Ray
Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension, a person
familiar with the case told The Associated Press on
U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, the neutral arbiter
selected to hear the appeal, informed the parties of her
decision Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because details of the appeal have not been made
uncertain whether Goodell will actually testify. He said
this month he would leave the decision to Judge Jones.
will continue to respect Judge Jones' confidentiality
order regarding this proceeding," NFL spokesman Brian
McCarthy said in an email.
lawyers have argued that Goodell shouldn't have to
testify, and instead were offering testimony from Jeff
Pash, the NFL's general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the
NFL's vice president for labor policy. Pash and Birch were
with Goodell when he met with Rice's side in June to talk
about what happened when the former Pro Bowl running back
hit his then-fiancee in an elevator.
described details of the incident at that meeting. Goodell
has called Rice's description "ambiguous" while
Rice's side has maintained he gave exact details.
hearing will be held Nov. 5 and 6, two people familiar
with the case told the AP on Tuesday.
suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL's
personal conduct policy after a video of the former Pro
Bowl running back hitting the woman was released publicly.
Goodell originally had suspended the running back for two
video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice, and
the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered
the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority
to further suspend Rice.
players' union appealed Rice's suspension, saying he
should not be punished twice.
jointly picked by the commissioner and the players' union
to hear the appeal. The union said at the time that
Goodell's testimony as a witness would be crucial in the