The hearing begins nearly two months after the former Pro Bowl running back was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens.
NFL lawyers have argued that Goodell shouldn’t have to testify, and instead were offering testimony from Jeff Pash, the NFL’s general counsel, and Adolpho Birch, the NFL’s vice president for labor policy.
Rice was suspended indefinitely Sept. 8 for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy after a video of Rice hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was released publicly.
“He would not have had to call four times (for the video),” said Jerry Izenberg, a longtime Star-Ledger columnist and the author of the new book, “Rozelle: A Biography.”
“I made a mistake,” former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo told USA Today. “I was human. I was part of it. I’m not proud of it.”
Among the topics discussed at Wednesday’s owners meetings was the commissioner’s role in handing out discipline, and he reiterated that all options “are on the table.”
The presentation on domestic violence given to NFL owners on Wednesday included a video by a former player appealing for recognition and action.
In a new AP-GfK poll, 32 percent say the commish should lose his job over the recent domestic violence scandals, with 66 percent saying he shouldn’t.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the appointment Thursday after consulting with DeMaurice Smith, the players’ union executive director.
The deal includes rights to stream the package live. AT&T is in the process of acquiring DirecTV for $48.5 billion, making the expanded possibilities for mobile particularly attractive.
The bipartisan group of politicians, all women, threw their support behind a bill sponsored by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., that would also pull tax exemptions from other professional sports leagues.
Richard Craig Smith will look at how the NFL and the Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline, as well as look at the conduct of the league office and the team.
Deep in the 11th hour, there has never been a better moment for MLB to defuse a problem that has been tick-tick-ticking for years: America’s pastime takes too much time.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti criticized a report that suggests he and other team officials tried to persuade the NFL to be lenient on Ray Rice after the running back was arrested for knocking out his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator.
By the time the typical player signs an NFL contract, around 100 scouts, coaches and general managers have pored over his history.