The NFL will be holding its first public meeting on Friday, which includes an emergency meeting of its three-member internal discipline committee, which will review all of the league’s disciplinary matters related to Ray Rice.
The committee will meet on Friday to discuss a report released Thursday by a special prosecutor that found Rice violated the league by violating its policy against domestic violence, and the NFL will hold an emergency session on Friday morning to discuss all of its disciplinary matters that resulted from that investigation, league sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Rice was charged in February with misdemeanor battery for the incident in which he punched his then-fiancee in the face, knocking her unconscious and leaving her unconscious on the ground, according to the criminal complaint.
The complaint was sealed.
The league has already agreed to pay a $5.5 million settlement to the former NFL player and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, over their lawsuit that said Rice, a Hall of Fame running back, violated the domestic violence policy.RICE was suspended indefinitely by the NFL in November, but he was reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell on January 2, 2021.
Goodell had originally suspended Rice for two games, but the commissioner was later granted clemency by the court.
The NFL and the Rice case are separate but share some common threads, and many of the same concerns that led to the settlement with Palmer.
Rouse is facing a misdemeanor assault charge for allegedly striking Palmer, and he has pleaded not guilty.