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Ray Rice domestic violence suspension overturned
Rice is now a free agent and eligible to sign with another team, the NFL Players Association said Friday. The 27-year-old Rice had been sacked by the Ravens and kicked out of the NFL indefinitely in September after the emergence of video showing him punching his then-fiancee Janay in a casino elevator in February, knocking her unconscious. The decision is a huge setback for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was criticized for his handling of the case, as many felt the punishment initially given to Rice was too lenient. Rice, who helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl victory in 2013, was initially suspended for two games when a first video of the incident surfaced. The union argued the league violated labor laws by increasing Rice's punishment after the video surfaced. In a first-person account given to ESPN and published Friday, Janay Rice said the altercation between the former high-school sweethearts happened after a booze-fuelled night of partying at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. The party then moved to a late-night restaurant where she and Rice began arguing. She says one moment in their seven-year relationship wasn't going to change things and she never had second thoughts about marrying Rice.

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