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Union appeals Rice's indefinite suspension by NFL

09/16/2014, 9:10pm EDT
Union appealing Rice's suspension

Ray Rice, right, and his wife Janay Rice attend the Ramapo versus New Rochelle high school football game at New Rochelle High School Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in New Rochelle, N.Y. The star running back was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended i

BALTIMORE — The NFL players’ union has appealed the league’s indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.

Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator.

The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator.

Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the “new evidence.”

Goodell and the Ravens say they never saw the video before Sept. 8.

The NFL Players Association had until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to file the appeal.

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