The hearing officer in the appeal this month concluded that Rice did not mislead Goodell when he disciplined Rice the first time and therefore the commissioner acted arbitrarily in imposing a second, harsher punishment based on the same incident and known facts.
What, is the NFL suddenly subject to the same double-jeopardy requirements as our legal system? When did the NFL become a court-of-law? The only thing "US District Court Judge Barbara Jones" should be involved with is what to do about his wife beating in a legal context.
Unless, of course, NFL's tax-exempt status gives the government the go-ahead to meddle in their hiring affairs.