Goodell Will Be Forced To Testify In Ray Rice Reinstatement Hearing
Roger Goodell's 180 on the Ray Rice suspension was, undoubtedly, a response to the public backlash after TMZ released the elevator tape back in September. It was appropriate to change Rice's punishment from two games to "indefinite."
It also might be Goodell's undoing.
Independent arbitrator Barbara S. Jones is demanding the commissioner testify in Ray Rice's reinstatement hearing. Her reason? To find out exactly if and when Roger Goodell saw the elevator video, and what he knew of Rice's actions prior to the first controversial two-game suspension. Because the players union is crying double jeopardy, it is assumed that, had Goodell known the full scope of the domestic violence incident, he'd be punishing Rice twice for the same thing. Goodell maintains he was unaware of the severity of the matter until TMZ made the hotel video available online.
Apparently the NFL was seeking to avoid Goodell's involvement in the matter, "instead offering up Jeff Pash, the league's general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the league's vice president for labor policy." If he is proven to have mislead the public as to his knowledge of Rice's actions in that Atlantic City elevator -- something he claimed to have ascertained by Rice's firsthand account -- we can't imagine he'll be able to keep his position in the NFL.
The hearing is scheduled for November 5-6.
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