League says video was “starkly different” than Rice’s version
Well, now we have an explanation.
It just needs an explanation.
According to Jane McManus of ESPN.com, the NFL informed Ray Rice that it increased his suspension from two games to indefinite because the video they eventually saw showed a “starkly different” sequence of events than what Rice described previously.
In short, the league is relying on the “Ray lied to us” defense, which goes against what Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome described.
Of course, Ravens president Dick Cass contradicted Newsome as well, saying the video “just looks very different than what we understood the facts to be.”
Again, this just gets us back to the problem of not having or not having access to a transcript of Rice’s meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFLPA has three days to appeal the suspension, and a source tells McManus that they’re “considering all options.”
Generally, fighting a he said-she said fight on behalf of a wife-beater is not a position a union would eagerly take on.
But in the current climate, with public trust in Goodell and the NFL at low tide, the might be inclined to.