Ray Rice Arrested After Altercation in Atlantic City Casino

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Ray Rice Arrested After Altercation in Atlantic City Casino
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Updates from Wednesday, April 2

FoxBaltimore.com has the latest on the legal proceedings against Ray Rice:

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:

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:

 

Updates from Monday, Mar. 24

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun spoke to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti about Ray Rice's legal issues:

Updates from Wednesday, Mar. 5

Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ray Rice and his fiancee will be attending couples therapy:

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 25

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun talked to Torrey Smith about Ray Rice's legal issues:

Updates From Saturday, Feb. 22

Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome talked to the press about Rice, according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun:

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:

 

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 20

ESPN's Jamison Hensley has the latest update on Ray Rice's court appearance: 

MMQB writer Robert Klemko has the latest Rice development:

 

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:

 

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun has the latest on Ray Rice after his arrest:

 

Original Text

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:

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:

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.

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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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