Baltimore Ravens football player Ray Rice holds hands with his wife, Janay Palmer, as they arrive at Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse in Mays Landing, N.J., in May 2014.
Mel Evans—AP
November 5, 2014

A U.S. judge will hear former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s appeal of an indefinite ban from the NFL on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rice will argue that the NFL has subjected him to double jeopardy by extending his two-game suspension after a video circulated of him punching his then-fiancée in an elevator. The critical question is whether the incriminating video was new evidence, or if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had already seen the video and punished Rice twice under the same set of facts.

Goodell, Rice, Baltimore Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, union attorney Heather McPhee and NFL attorney Kevin Manara will be among those called to testify, USA Today reports.

The U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones will hear the case, and the NFL Player’s Association counsel Jeffrey Kessler will represent Rice.


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