The Payback: Ray Rice Will Seek $3.5M In Back Pay At Wrongful-Termination Hearing

January 15, 2015 0

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice will seek $3.5 million in back pay when an arbitrator hears his wrongful-termination case Thursday and Friday, according to a published report.

The Baltimore Sun, citing sources with knowledge of the situation, reported that Rice and his lawyers are expected to cite a clause in the NFL collective bargaining agreement that prohibits the league from punishing a player twice for the same violation.

The league suspended Rice for two games after video emerged of him dragging his unconscious fiancée, Janay Palmer, out of a casino elevator. When a second video surfaced showing him knocking out Palmer inside the elevator, the league suspended Rice indefinitely, and the Baltimore Ravens terminated his $35 million contract.

A former federal judge later ruled that the second penalty was “arbitrary” and that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had abused his discretion.

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