Following the indefinite suspension of former Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice, sources are stating Rice is considering filing a lawsuit against the NFL.
Sources close to Rice told the Baltimore Sun, Rice and wife Janay Palmer are taking into account all possible legal actions including double jeopardy, which is the prosecution of a person twice for the same offence. In addition to filing a suit, Rice is considering hiring a crisis management to guide him through this dilemma.
On Friday, Roger Goodell composed a letter addressed to the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) explaining his choice to enforce a stricter punishment for the running back.
Prior to the release of the video that shows an unconscious Palmer as a result of a hit thrown by Rice, Goodell suspended Rice for two games for violating the NFL personal conduct policy. Once the video was released it was then Goodell increased punishment to an indefinite suspension.
However, according to a policy in the collective bargaining agreement “One Penalty,” it states that, “The Commissioner and a Club will not both discipline a player for the same act or conduct. The Commissioner’s disciplinary action will preclude or supersede disciplinary action by any Club for the same act or conduct.”