NFL commissioner Roger Goodell testified under oath Wednesday for two-plus hours in Ray Rice’s appeal hearing in Manhattan, sources told “Outside the Lines.”
The testimony from Goodell, the first witness called, followed opening statements by the NFL and the NFL players’ union, which is handling the appeal for the former Pro Bowl running back who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and released by the Baltimore Ravens after a domestic violence incident.
Goodell spent the majority of his time testifying under cross-examination by outside union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, sources said. The sources did not disclose what Goodell said under testimony, citing a gag order in the case.
Rice and his wife, Janay, attended the hearing, which began midmorning at the offices of former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones. Jones, who will decide the appeal, ruled that all witnesses would be testifying under oath.
The Rices are expected to testify separately Thursday, the sources said. Goodell, league security chief Jeffrey Miller and Ravens president Dick Cass are among the key witnesses expected to testify in the two-day hearing. It was not known Wednesday afternoon who followed Goodell.
It’s unclear when Jones will rule in the case, though a source told “Outside the Lines” a decision could come in a matter of days.
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Don Van Natta Jr.