NFL commissioner Roger Goodell holds a press conference in New York City on Oct. 8, 2014
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November 6, 2014

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified Wednesday at Ray Rice’s appeal of his suspension from the Baltimore Ravens, after Rice was seen on video attacking his fiancée.

Goodell would ordinarily hear such appeals, but, since he is appearing as a witness, former U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Jones is arbitrating the hearing, the New York Times reports.

Rice was suspended indefinitely from the pro-football team after TMZ released a video of him punching his then fiancée, now his wife, in an elevator in February.

Rice has argued that he is being punished twice, since he was banned from two games for domestic abuse before the video went public. TMZ’s video also set off a public maelstrom over violence in the NFL toward wives and girlfriends.

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