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Ray Rice appeal set for November, sources say

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A HEARING ON Ray Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension will be held November 5 and 6, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because details of the hearing have not been made public.

Rice was suspended indefinitely September 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancée in an elevator was released publicly. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell originally had suspended Rice for two games.

Once the video became public, the Baltimore Ravens cut the star running back, and the league banned him indefinitely. The league considered the video to be new evidence, giving Goodell the authority to further suspend Rice.

The players’ union is appealing Rice’s suspension, saying Rice should not be punished twice.

A neutral arbiter is expected to decide whether Goodell should testify. The arbiter had not yet made that decision as of Tuesday afternoon, the sources who informed the AP of the hearing said.

The arbiter, former US District Judge Barbara S. Jones, was jointly picked by the commissioner and the players’ union. Union officials said when the appeal was announced that Goodell and his staff’s testimony are key to the appeal and a central reason to have an outside arbiter. (AP)

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