Relatives of Ray Rice and his wife Janay Rice recently revealed that the couple plans to take legal action against the NFL for his league suspension. The couple will cite “double jeopardy” for the repercussions placed upon Rice for his domestic violence assault. Earlier this spring, a video surfaced of Rice dragging his then-fiancee, Janay out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In May, the ex-Baltimore Ravens running back pleaded guilty to third-degree aggravated assault.
Although Rice pleaded guilty, another video surfaced of him punching Janay unconscious in the elevator before dragging her out. Once the second video surfaced, the Ravens terminated him and his $35 million contract. The NFL followed suit and served Rice a lifetime suspension. The second round of much more severe punishment is what Rice could be questioning.
The Daily News reports, Rice’s appeal may spark congressional action. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says of the controversy: “If the NFL doesn’t police themselves, then we will be looking more into it. I wouldn’t be surprised if we had hearings.” She also noted the NFL poorly responded to Rice assaulting his wife. Most people would likely agree with her.
Senator Gillibrand stated if NFL’s Commissioner Goodell lied to the public about not seeing the full video coverage, he should step down from his position. Gillibrand was one of the 16 female senators who sent a letter demanding there is a “zero-tolerance policy” for domestic violence occurring in the NFL players personal lives.