Ray Rice has won his appeal of his indefinite suspension, his attorney, Peter Ginsberg, told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.
The punishment is vacated immediately, meaning Rice – who has been eligible to sign with a team throughout his ban – is eligible to play if a team signs him.
Rice, 27, initially was suspended two games for a domestic violence incident involving his then-fiancée at an Atlantic City casino in February. The NFL made it an indefinite suspension Sept. 14 and the Baltimore Ravens cut him after video surfaced of Rice punching out the woman.
Among other things, the NFL Players Association argued in the appeal that Rice was subjected to double jeopardy based on the same set of facts and had his due process rights under the collective bargaining agreement violated. The NFL argued the video was new evidence.
Earlier this month, former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones oversaw two days of testimony in Rice’s appeal hearing. Rice, his wife, Janay Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome were among the people to testify.
On Sept. 8, the Ravens released Rice hours after TMZ.com posted a video of Rice in February knocking out Janay Palmer in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, N.J. After the Ravens released Rice, the NFL changed his two-game suspension to an indefinite suspension.
In February, Rice and, Palmer, were charged with simple assault. The Atlantic City prosecutor’s office later dropped the charge against her. In March, Rice was indicted by a grand jury on the more serious charge of third-degree assault. The charge carried a potential sentence of three to five years in prison. After the indictment, Rice and Palmer married.
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