The NFLPA is protecting one of their own, regardless of the crimes he has committed or been accused of.
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The NFL Players Association officially filed an appeal on behalf of suspended RB Ray Rice on Tuesday, with a statement that indicated it was protecting the rights of “all NFL players,” not necessarily siding with Rice and his actions:
“Today, the NFL Players Association formally filed an appeal of the indefinite suspension of Ray Rice by the NFL. This action taken by our union is to protect the due process rights of all NFL players.
“The NFLPA appeal is based on supporting facts that reveal a lack of a fair and impartial process, including the role of the office of the Commissioner of the NFL. We have asked that a neutral and jointly selected arbitrator hear this case as the Commissioner and his staff will be essential witnesses in the proceeding and thus cannot serve as impartial arbitrators.”
Ray Rice was suspended indefinitely last Monday after a video by TMZ was released that showed Rice punching his wife in a hotel elevator.