The NFL and its commissioner, Roger Goodell, have taken steps to make sure Rice’s suspension is reduced to one game.
The NFL said Thursday it is reducing Rice’s six-game suspension to five games, but Goodell added it was up to the players’ union to determine if it is necessary to reduce the suspension to that level.
Goodell said Thursday that the union will meet in a month to determine what the minimum and maximum suspension should be.
Rice will remain suspended for the rest of the season.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he had discussed Rice’s future with the players union ahead of his suspension.
Goodell also said Thursday the league had not yet determined whether Rice’s lawyers could file a motion to appeal his punishment.
He said the league has “serious concerns” about the length of Rice’s punishment, and it’s up to his attorneys to “work out those details.”
“We will be making the final determination as to whether we can do so on that basis, but I don’t think there’s any doubt we will be working out those issues,” Goodell said.
“The players are obviously going to make their final determination on that.
The NFL has taken a number of steps to address the concerns of players and their attorneys about the severity of Rice, who was found guilty in December of assaulting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in a New York City elevator in February 2014. “
There’s no doubt in my mind that this was not a good enough punishment for the conduct that he has committed.”
The NFL has taken a number of steps to address the concerns of players and their attorneys about the severity of Rice, who was found guilty in December of assaulting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, in a New York City elevator in February 2014.
Goodell’s announcement that the league is lowering Rice’s seven-game ban came as the NFL’s star player took part in a joint interview with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Thursday.
The league said in a statement Thursday that it will allow Rice to return to the field for the Patriots in Week 4 against the Steelers and said it is working to expedite his return.
Goodell and Palmer were at the same podium Wednesday, with Goodell expressing his disappointment over the suspension.
“I’m disappointed in the decision, and I’m also disappointed in Ray Rice, and this has been a very difficult conversation,” Goodell told Mortensen.
“As we discussed last week, Ray and I have been talking all week.
We’ve been in constant communication.
“And I’m very grateful to the NFL for that support. “
And I’m disappointed it has taken so long for us to have an opportunity to talk, and that we have been unable to do so.” “
And I’m very grateful to the NFL for that support.
And I’m disappointed it has taken so long for us to have an opportunity to talk, and that we have been unable to do so.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.