Wednesday September 24th, 2014

Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has retained attorney Peter Ginsberg for his case pending before the NFL, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Ginsberg is known for representing linebacker Jonathan Vilma in his defamation suit against the NFL related to the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. He's represented multiple other athletes in various other matters as well, including Michael Vick, Michael Irvin and Vijay Singh in defamation lawsuits.

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Rice is currently appealing the indefinite suspension handed to him by the NFL after the release of video showing Rice striking his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino elevator. Rice was also released by the Ravens after the video emerged.

The running back was initially given a two-game suspension. His appeal is based on his claim that Rice fully informed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of what occurred in the elevator in a disciplinary hearing before the two-game suspension was decided, and thus that Goodell had no grounds to increase the suspension after the video's release. 

The NFL is also conducting an investigation into Goodell's handling of the Rice case.The NFL's investigation is being led by former FBI director Robert Mueller III.

Ben Estes

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