Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti responded Monday to an ESPN investigative report into the team's handling of Ray Rice's domestic abuse case, saying that a significant amount of the information in the story was "manufactured" from accounts provided by the running back's inner circle. Bisciotti addressed the ESPN " Outside the Lines" report during a 45-minute news conference, saying he believes that Rice's camp is attempting to "build a case for reinstatement." "The majority of the sources [from the report] are people that work for Ray," Bisciotti said. "Almost everything in there is anonymous, but it's clear from the subject matter that it's Ray's attorney, it's Ray's agent, it's Ray's friends. "I'm not mad at those guys for writing the article," Biscotti also said. He added he wished that ESPN had said who it interviewed for the story, claiming it was mostly people who were sympathetic to Rice's potential...
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Independent of its appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension, the NFL Players Association is planning to conduct its own fact-finding review of the incident and investigation, according to sources. The NFLPA specifically will look for failures in due process and to understand "what the league and the Ravens knew and when they knew it," according to a source familiar with the union's plans. The NFLPA was attempting to inform the league-appointed investigator, Robert Mueller, of its plans and intent not to interfere with his work, the source said. As for Rice's appeal of the indefinite suspension due to a domestic violence incident, the union's case will be focused on what it believes is a failure of due process and double jeopardy. The union is in conversations with the league regarding the appeals process and expects to know later this week who commissioner Roger Goodell will appoint to hear the appeal. The union also is willing to work...
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