Ray Rice Appeal Hearing Began Today

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The former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice appeared for his two-day appeal of an indefinite ban from the National Football League Wednesday morning in New York.

Rice was accompanied by his wife Janay Rice and attorney Peter Ginsberg. Key witnesses include NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Ravens president Dick Cass and league security chief Jeffrey Miller. Janay Rice may also testify, according to New Footage Showing Ray Rice Punching Fiancee Surfaces)

Rice claims the NFL is violating the rights under his contract after his two-game suspension was extended indefinitely. This occurred on Sept. 8 after a video emerged of Rice hitting his then-fiancee, Janay in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice is seeking for immediate reinstatement under the claim that his indefinite suspension is an enhanced penalty for the same infringement. The NFL claims the video was new evidence. (RELATED: Two Games For Ray Rice. 42 Months For Gun Owning Mother Of Two)

Rice made no comments other than to ask the media to give his wife some space while walking into the building, according to USA Today.

The appeal process is expected to finish on Thursday. (RELATED: Ray Lewis Personifies Irony By Admonishing Ray Rice)