ray and janay rice

*It has begun.

The two-day appeal of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice of an indefinite ban from the NFL began Wednesday morning, reports USA Today:

Rice arrived at 9:15 a.m. ET for his arbitration hearing in a midtown building, flanked by his wife, Janay, and attorney, Peter Ginsberg.

Rice did not comment other than to ask photographers to give his wife some space.

He entered through the loading dock on the side of the building.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell departed Wednesday’s session at 2:14 p.m. He entered a black SUV and left without commenting on the case. A security guard at the loading dock confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that Goodell arrived to the hearing at 11:08 a.m.

The Rices and Ginsberg have not been since their arrival in the morning.

Ray Rice and his team say the NFL subjected him to double jeopardy and violated his due process rights under the collective-bargaining agreement when Goodell extended his two-game suspension Sept. 8, hours after video surfaced of him punching out his then-fiancée in February in an Atlantic City casino elevator. The league argues that the video was new evidence.

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