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Press Release: NFLPA Conducting Own Investigation Into Ray Rice Case

The NFLPA has retained Richard Craig Smith to investigate the handling of the Ray Rice case.

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For Immediate Release
September 24, 2014

NFLPA MEDIA UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION

The NFLPA has retained Richard Craig Smith, Head of Regulatory and Governmental  Investigation, United States of Norton Rose Fulbright to conduct our investigation surrounding the due process, discipline, facts and conduct of the NFL League Office and Baltimore Ravens resulting in the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice.  As a former federal prosecutor, Mr. Smith brings tremendous experience and expertise. The NFLPA will request that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens cooperate in the interest of transparency. This investigation will run parallel to Rice's appeal.

-- NFL Players Association

The NFLPA is having it's own investigation done, and is going out of their way to insure the investigator is not just a mouthpiece, unlike how many feel about the NFL's investigator.

On the Ray Rice appeal from 9-16-2014

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2014

NFLPA STATEMENT ON APPEAL OF RAY RICE SUSPENSION

Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.

The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.

-- NFL Players Association

Additional information on this matter:

  • The terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement require a hearing date to be set within 10 days of this appeal notice.
  • Under governing labor law, an employee cannot be punished twice for the same action when all of the relevant facts were available to the employer at the time of the first punishment.
  • The hearing will require a neutral arbitrator to determine what information was available to the NFL and when it was available.