Updates from Wednesday, April 2
The arraignment for Ravens running back Ray Rice has been scheduled for April 28 in New Jersey. Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault after a February altercation with his then-fiance Janay Palmer.
Court documents state that Rice, "did attempt to cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer, and/or did purposely or knowingly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer and/or under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, did recklessly cause significant bodily injury to Janay Palmer."
Updates from Thursday, March 27
Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault, via Adam Schefter of ESPN:
Ravens RB Ray Rice was indicted today on one count of aggravated assault. Carries a 3-5 year prison term.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2014
Justin Fenton of the Baltimore Sun notes that the charge was upgraded from a charge of simple assault.
Rice's attorney spoke with Adam Caplan of ESPN about the charge:
I have been advised by the prosecutors office that an indictment has been returned. The state has decided not to prosecute (Rice's fiancée) Ms. (Janay) Palmer. While we certainly aren't looking to pass the buck, it was Ms. Palmer who started the altercation, and the state chose to prosecute Mr. Rice only. And again, we deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don't think the law would support that (he did). And we just ask the public to reserve judgement until all of the facts are out.
Updates from Wednesday, March 26
The Ravens' official Twitter feed has the latest on Rice:
Roger Goodell says the NFL is monitoring the Ray Rice legal situation and there's no indication on whether a suspension could be coming.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) March 26, 2014
Updates from Monday, Mar. 24
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun spoke to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti about Ray Rice's legal issues:
Just spoke to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti. Aggressively stood by RB Ray Rice. Said there's no circumstance where Rice's not w team in '14.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 24, 2014
Bisciotti admitted he was shocked when he heard about incident w/Rice. Said Rice is going to have to live with incident for rest of life— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 24, 2014
Bisciotti on Rice: "He's going to be here."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 24, 2014
Bisciotti on Rice: "I don’t think there’s a more admired kid that we drafted than Ray Rice. We're embarrassed ... but no more than he is."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 24, 2014
More Bisciotti on Rice: "Least likely to get in trouble, he would have been at the top of my list and that's the sad thing."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 24, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 5
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ray Rice and his fiancee will be attending couples therapy:
Harbaugh says Ray Rice, fiancee to attend couples seminar following legal incident: http://t.co/aJKIgWDg6N— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) March 5, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 25
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun talked to Torrey Smith about Ray Rice's legal issues:
Torrey Smith on Rice arrest: "It’s definitely a situation that it’s nothing to be proud of for us or for him. He knows that."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 25, 2014
More Smith: "But Janay and Ray are great friends of ours. They’re focused on trying to fix it ... and we’re going to support them."— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 25, 2014
Updates From Saturday, Feb. 22
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome talked to the press about Rice, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:
Ozzie Newsome: 'I have not spoke with Ray [Rice] yet. Coach Harbaug has had two, maybe three conversations with him.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Ozzie Newome on Ray Rice: 'In any of those situations, it's very concerning.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Ozzie Newsome has watched the video: 'It doesn't look good.' Noted that organization is still gathering facts. Will reserve judgment— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Ozzie Newsome on if the video shows Rice striking his fiancee: 'He falls under the personal conduct policy with the league.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Ozzie Newsome said director of player development Harry Swayne, director of team security Darren Sanders have both spoken with Ray Rice— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Ozzie Newsome: 'As a league, we have a conduct policy. We will follow that from A to Z. We will allow the league to take its position.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 22, 2014
Newsome also discussed Rice's version of events (via Darryl Slater of The Star-Ledger):
“Right now, I feel very good about his side of the story,” Newsome said Saturday at the NFL Combine. “But I also feel very good about what he has done since that to help himself, to not allow himself to get in a situation like that again. I think that’s the best way to say it.”
Updates From Friday, Feb. 21
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh gave a statement on Rice, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun:
John Harbaugh on Ray Rice domestic incident: 'They're getting a lot of counseling and those kind of things. That's very positive.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 21, 2014
John Harbaugh on Ray Rice situation: 'The facts will determine the consequences. That's always the case. It's a process.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 21, 2014
John Harbaugh "I haven't seen anything that would remotely make me think that," when asked of scenario where Rice wouldn't be on the team— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 21, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20
ESPN's Jamison Hensley has the latest update on Ray Rice's court appearance:
Ray Rice's court appearance for Tuesday has been postponed to allow prosecutor's office to review the charges. A new date hasn't been set.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) February 20, 2014
MMQB writer Robert Klemko has the latest Rice development:
Source says police have yet-to-be-released video of Ray Rice knocking fiancée unconscious before dragging her. Expect a suspension.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) February 21, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Feb. 19
TMZ has obtained video footage of Ray Rice carrying his fiancee out of an elevator at the Atlantic City casino, which was the scene of the altercation.
The video can also be seen at TMZ's official website, where their staff described the events that occur in the video:
TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property.
The footage was shot on February 15th ... right before Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested for assault at the Revel Casino. Cops say they have video which proved both parties attacked each other.
But before the arrest, Ray can be seen trying to lift and move a seemingly unconscious Palmer out of a casino elevator.
TMZ continued with a statement from Rice's attorney:
We spoke to an attorney for Ray who tells us ... he has not seen the video but is adamant, "Neither Ray nor myself will try this case in the media."
He adds, "However, the video that's being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired."
"We'll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you'll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgment until all of the facts come out."
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun has the latest comments from the Ravens and information on court proceedings:
Ravens spokesman said that was "the first we've seen" of the Ray Rice video but team has no further comment.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 19, 2014
Rice has a court date next Tuesday, according to @justin_fenton— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) February 19, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun has the latest on Ray Rice after his arrest:
Ray Rice has spoken with John Harbaugh about his arrest, accounting with incident with the team, according to a source— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 18, 2014
Police arrested Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice over the weekend following an incident inside an Atlantic City, N.J., casino on Friday night.
Rice's attorneys have confirmed the arrest, according to The Baltimore Sun's Justin Fenton.
Authorities charged and released the 27-year-old after he was allegedly involved in a "very minor physical altercation" at the Revel Casino on the boardwalk, attorney Andrew Alperstein told Fenton. Rice's fiancee was also booked in connection with the incident, but it's unclear what role she had in the alleged altercation.
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports that both parties were given the same charge:
Both Ray Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, charged with simple assaut-domestic violence— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 17, 2014
Ravens director of pubic relations Chad Steele had little information to add to the report, but he acknowledged that the team has been in contact with Rice since the arrest.
"We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee," he told Fenton. "We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained."
Attorney Michael Diamondstein, whom Rice recently hired to help him with the case, believes that the evidence will support his client (via Fenton):
We haven’t seen any charging documents yet. There was an argument that included Ray. I can’t give any specifics because we haven’t seen the document yet.
Once we’re able to go through the evidence, it should wind up to be little more than a misunderstanding.
Wilson later spoke to general manager Ozzie Newsome about Rice's troubles and his status with the franchise:
Ozzie Newsome: 'I don't know the situation. I haven't had a chance to talk to Ray or [team security director] Darren Sanders.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 17, 2014
When asked if Ray Rice will be on the team, "Ray Rice is still a big part of what we do in 2014."— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 17, 2014
Although Rice and his attorneys appear confident that the evidence will support a case in their favor, it remains to be seen how everything will play out.
The good news for Rice and the Ravens is that the NFL offseason is still young, allowing the three-time Pro Bowler some time to sort out the issue before organized team activities and training camp arrive in the spring.
On the field, Rice has played the past six seasons with the Ravens, proving to be one of the league's most durable and dynamic playmakers out of the backfield.
However, the veteran is coming off his worst season since his rookie year in 2008. Rice rushed for just 660 yards and four touchdowns last year as the Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time since drafting Rice.
With Rice heading into the third year of a five-year, $35 million deal, Baltimore will soon have a very important decision to make if his struggles continue. Running backs don't last long in today's NFL, and with Rice recently gaining negative publicity off the field, the Ravens have even more ammunition if they decide to part ways with the former Rutgers star.
Therefore, given Rice's declining performance in 2013 and his recent run-in with the law, it appears that both Rice and the Ravens will be at a crossroads in 2014.
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