Updates from Thursday, June 19
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun has the latest on Rice:
When asked if he was aware of when the league would issue a ruling on potential discipline for Rice, Ravens head coach Harbaugh replied: "Not to my knowledge. I'm not aware of any timetable on that at all."
Updates from Friday, May 23
Ray Rice issued a statement during a press conference Friday, per Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun and the Ravens' official Twitter account:
Ray Rice: 'I want to apologize to Steve Bisciotti, my fans, everyone affected by the situation my wife and I were in.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'No relationship is perfect.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'Sometimes in life you will fail, but failure is not getting up.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'I am working every day to be a better husband, a better role model.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice said that counseling has done him and his wife, Janay, a lot of good in their relationship— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'I'm still the guy you know. I wish me and Janay could take back 30 seconds of our life.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'There were a lot of tears shed, but me and Janay can say we're in a better place. Hopefully, we can regain everyone's trust.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: 'I failed miserably, but I wouldn't call myself a failure.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Ray Rice: "I won't call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It's not getting up."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) May 23, 2014
Rice's wife also spoke, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post:
Ray Rice's wife: "I do deeply regret the role I played in the incident that night. I love Ray, and I know he will work to improve himself."— Bart Hubbuch (@HubbuchNYP) May 23, 2014
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the team expects Rice to miss at least three games:
Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman echoes that sentiment:
NFL source says Ray Rice faces multi-game suspension likely, the source says, "an extremely significant one."— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) May 23, 2014
Wilson also reported team president Dick Cass' statement:
Ravens team president Dick Cass: 'I thought Ray did well. He spoke from his heart. I know he wanted to apologize.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 23, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 22
Rotoworld's Evan Silva has an update:
On NFL Insiders, Mort on Ray Rice possible suspension: "He's gonna miss some time. The #Ravens anticipate he's gonna miss some time."— Evan Silva (@evansilva) May 22, 2014
The Ravens also followed up via the team's website:
His press conference will take place at the Under Armour Performance Center at 3 p.m.
This will be Rice’s first public remarks since his February arrest on an assault charge against his then-fiancée and now-wife Janay Palmer. Rice has maintained his silence up to this point at the suggestion of his lawyers, who wanted the legal process to play out before Rice commented.
Rice and his wife will both be part of Friday’s press conference.
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun reports that an agreement has been made between Ray Rice and prosecutors:
Can confirm the Ray Rice news. Prosecutors say they signed off on Rice going into the diversionary program— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 20, 2014
Lynda Cohen of The Press of Atlantic City added:
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office approved Rice's acceptance into pretrial intervention Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Donio then signed off on it today.
Upon successful completion of the program — which will be a minimum of one year — the third-degree charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury would be dismissed. The arrest would remain on his record, but with no conviction.
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun says there is only one thing left in this case:
With the latest Ray Rice news, pretty much all that's left is for NFL to decide on potential suspension.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) May 20, 2014
And Aaron Wilson of the Sun confirms Rice will keep his freedom:
This means that Ray Rice will avoid jail time in his felony aggravated assault case— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 20, 2014
Fenton tweeted out a brief comment from Rice's attorney:
Rice's attorney: "We're very happy with this result." Rice "will now be able to move forward with his life."— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 20, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 1
ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports Ray Rice's plea:
Ray Rice pleads not guilty and announces he will apply for pretrial intervention. #ravens— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) May 1, 2014
Ray Rice applies for Pretrial Intervention program, a diversionary program which permits certain defendants to avoid formal prosecution— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) May 1, 2014
If Ray Rice is approved for pretrial intervention, he would receive probation without jail and undergo anger management #ravens— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) May 1, 2014
Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun provides a synopsis of the prosecutor discussing Rice:
Prosecutors offered a plea deal of probation with no jail and anger management counseling; need to sort out exactly what happened here— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Prosecutor tells reporters that the state has consented to Rice's application to the pretrial intervention program, but .. (1/2)— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Won't make a decision on whether they support it until after reviewing it (2/2)— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Prosecutor says she's "confident" state could win conviction against Ray Rice if case went to trial..— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Bottom line today is that Rice is not getting jail time either way; prosecutors say if he's not accepted into PTI, they aren't seeking jail— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Jane McManus of ESPNNewYork.com continued:
Re Ray Rice: NFL says the Atlantic City incident triggered review under personal conduct policy, not today's plea or possible punishment.— Jane McManus (@janesports) May 1, 2014
Fenton previously provided a statement from Rice before he entered the courthouse:
I'm in Mays Landing NJ for Ravens RB Ray Rice's first court appearance. He has arrived, and told reporters, "Married life is great."— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
Rice now seated at trial table with attorney Mike Diamondstein; prosecutor is first assistant prosecutor Diane Ruberton— Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) May 1, 2014
ABC's Cheryl Conner confirmed Rice's wife, Janay Palmer, was present as well:
Updates from Monday, April 28
The Baltimore Sun reports Ray Rice's arraignment is set for Thursday.
Updates from Saturday, March 29
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Rice married the woman on Friday he allegedly assaulted last month:
RB Ray Rice got married Friday night to Janay Palmer. Ceremony had been planned for couple of weeks. Got indicted Thursday, married Friday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 29, 2014
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was formally indicted by a grand jury in Atlantic City, N.J. on one count of aggravated assault on Thursday, police have confirmed. The indictment stemmed from an alleged physical altercation with his fiancee at the Revel Casino Hotel on Feb. 15.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report that Rice had been officially booked, and noted that a conviction in the case carries up to a five-year prison sentence:
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
Rice, 27, and his fiancee were both arrested by the Atlantic City Police Department last month following the incident. Though details were initially scant, surveillance video released by TMZ shows Rice dragging a seemingly unconscious woman, presumably his fiancee, out of an elevator at the hotel.
The criminal complaint against Rice claims he struck her with his hand, knocking her unconscious. Rice's fiancee, Janay Palmer, was also issued a summons for allegedly striking the former All-Pro running back. Palmer's charges have since been dismissed.
Rice was expected to be formally charged in the case last month, per ESPN.com's Jamison Henley, but the prosecutor's office elected to delay his hearing. Though he initially faced just a simple assault charge, Rice has now been handed down a third-degree aggravated charge, per SportsCenter on Twitter.
The aggravated charge is more severe and far more likely to land Rice behind bars, even if he's able to strike a plea deal with prosecutors. Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, said Rice won't be taken into custody due to the new charges and the next court date has yet to be set.
Rice has stayed almost entirely silent since the initial incident. His Twitter feed has not been active since Feb. 12, and he has not directly addressed the media to deny the claims. Diamondstein told Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun that the video did indeed show Rice carrying Palmer, but it failed to tell the whole story.
Adam Caplan of ESPN also received a written statement from Diamondstein, which pinpoints Palmer as the aggressor in the altercation, via Sulia.com:
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.
Rice, a second-round pick for the Ravens back in 2008, is the franchise's second all-time leading rusher but is coming off arguably his worst professional season. He rushed for just 660 yards and four touchdowns while averaging a career-low 3.1 yards per carry, due in part to a porous Baltimore offensive line.
Despite his struggles, the Ravens franchise has publicly backed Rice. Owner Steve Bisciotti came out in support of the star back, telling the media at this week's owners' meetings that Rice would "definitely" be back with the team in 2014.
"I've been on record of saying my definition of character is repeating offenses," Bisciotti told reporters. "If we're all one strike and you're out, then we're all in trouble." He also expressed compassion for both Rice and his fiancee.
Commissioner Roger Goodell also spoke on the situation but did not indicate whether Rice would be subject to a suspension under the league's personal-conduct policy:
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
No matter the ultimate result of the case, Rice could very well be back with Baltimore due to fiscal obligation. While he has an $8.75 million cap charge—a significant figure for a running back in today's NFL—the Ravens would have a $14.25 million cap acceleration should they choose to trade or release him, per Spotrac.
Either way, action won't be taken at the team or league level until Rice agrees to a plea deal or goes to trial.
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