this Sept. 15, 2013, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running
back Ray Rice yells during his introduction before an NFL
football game against the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore.
It's an NFL fact of life: If a player has talent, a team can
find a place for him, no matter how bad his off-the-field
profile. Ray Rice is testing that maxim, as much for his
deed as the fact that it's documented on video. He's
suspended now, but can he rehab his image enough to come
back on the field?
NEW YORK — The
players' union on Tuesday plans to appeal the indefinite
suspension the NFL handed to Ray Rice last week.
Association spokesman George Atallah told The Associated Press on
Monday "we are expecting to appeal before the deadline on
Tuesday night." That deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT.
was suspended two games under the NFL's personal conduct policy
for striking his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator. When videotape
of that incident was made public and showed Rice punching his
now-wife Janay, knocking her unconscious, the Baltimore Ravens
released the running back.
immediately after that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made Rice's
doesn't have a team, Rice remains a member of the NFLPA.
Rice can apply
for reinstatement when he convinces Goodell that he is
"addressing this issue." Rice can avoid prosecution and
a criminal record by completing a pretrial intervention program, a
resolution prosecutors said they agreed to after consulting with
The NFL hired
former FBI director Robert Mueller to look into how the league
sought and handled evidence in the domestic violence case.