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Goodell: Up to arbiter on whether he should testify during Ray Rice suspension appeal

  • NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    NFL football commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference following a meeting of NFL owners and executives in New York, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. The meetings were held to help the NFL develop and carry out a domestic violence educational program. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)  (The Associated Press)

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it's up to a neutral arbiter to decide whether he should testify during an appeal of Ray Rice's indefinite suspension.

Goodell said Wednesday night that a former federal judge picked by the commissioner and the players' union to lead the arbitration will ultimately decide its rules.

Goodell says he doesn't think testifying is his decision and it's not something he's addressed.

The union is appealing Ray Rice's suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. The former Baltimore Ravens running back was suspended after video of him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator was publicly released.

Union officials said in announcing the appeal that Goodell and his staff would be essential witnesses.

The appeal will be heard by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.