Report: Ray Rice Case To Be First In NFL History Decided By Arbitrator
In an absolutely unsuspected and unprecedented turn of events, the appeal of Ray Rice's suspension for his domestic violence incident will be ruled on by a neutral arbitrator rather than NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen first reported the news on Monday night, citing a copy of an email that the network obtained. The e-mail was sent by NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith to the union's executive board.
The suspension does not currently have a specific number of games as Goodell bumped up his initial two-game ban to an indefinite suspension following TMZ leaking the elevator footage.
Both sides have submitted candidates to be the neutral arbitrator and will meet to make the final decision.
This makes absolutely no sense to me as a method to handle an appeal of a personal conduct violation in the league. It makes perfect sense that the person who handed down the original suspension be the same person to rule on the appeal of that suspension.
Why would it be fair to bring in someone with a neutral and objective perspective instead of someone who is paid and hired by the owners of the league? If anything, that sounds totally unfair and unbiased. How dare the NFLPA challenge Goodell's tyrannical rule over the league and the Draconian appeal system he utilizes!?
But in all seriousness, this is a very positive step for the appeal process being changed in the future, although Ray Rice certainly deserves a long suspension. It's difficult to tell how long this process will take to play out, but we will keep you posted on any news once the arbitrator is named.
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