After a very public ordeal on his domestic abuse incident, NFL star, Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension.
Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in September to change Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite was
“arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion.”
In her decision, Jones wrote:
“Because Rice did not mislead the commissioner and because there were no new facts on which the commissioner could base his increased suspension, I find that the imposition of the indefinite suspension was arbitrary. I therefore vacate the second penalty imposed on Rice.”
However the judge maintains that Rice must continue counseling and must pretty much stay out of trouble with the law, or else.
The NFL accepted the decision and maintain a respective stance of the Judge’s reversal.
The NFL Players Association claimed a
“victory for a disciplinary process that is fair and transparent.”
Rice is a free agent and is now eligible to play upon signing a new contract with a NFL team.