WASHINGTON (AP) – The NFL players’ union has hired former federal prosecutor Richard Craig Smith to oversee its investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
Smith will look at how the league and the Baltimore Ravens handled issues of due process and discipline, as well as look at the conduct of the league office and the Ravens that led to the indefinite suspension Commissioner Roger Goodell gave to Ray Rice.READ MORE: Florida Town Makes Money Magazine's 50 'Best Places To Live' List
The Ravens also cut Rice after video of him punching his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator went public. Originally, Goodell had given Rice a two-game suspension.
Rice and the NFL Players Association have appealed his suspension.READ MORE: Rashaun Jones Pleads Not Guilty In Murder Of Former Hurricanes Teammate Bryan Pata
A former federal prosecutor, Smith is the head of regulatory and governmental investigation for the law firm Norton Rose Fulbright.
The union said in a statement Wednesday it “will request that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens cooperate in the interest of transparency.”
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