Ray Rice Indicted In Fiancee Assault Incident

Ray Rice in New Rochelle after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013. Photo/Michael Woyton
Ray Rice in New Rochelle after the Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013. Photo/Michael Woyton
Westchester native Ray Rice has been indicted by a grand jury in Atlantic City NJ over an incident in February at the Revel Casino, according to news reports. 

At the time, Rice and his fiancee Janay Palmer were both arrested and released.

"But after a video obtained by the website TMZ Sports showed an unconscious Palmer being moved out of an elevator by Rice, the case was turned over to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for review," the Press of Atlantic City reported.

Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, told the pressofac.com that the casino had refused to share the surveillance tapes with him.

The Baltimore Ravens shared this on their website:

Running back Ray Rice has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault by prosecutors in Atlantic City, N.J.

The grand jury indictment was announced Thursday. If Rice is convicted, he could face three to five years in prison.

The indictment is stemming from an incident that occurred in the Revel Casino on Feb. 15, when Rice was involved in an altercation with his fiancée Janay Palmer. Rice and Palmer were both initially arrested on charges of simple assault, but prosecutors increased Rice’s charge to aggravated assault and dismissed the charges on Palmer.

The team released the following statement:

“This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”

The Ravens have stood behind Rice since the incident last month, and Owner Steve Bisciotti voiced his support of him during an interview Monday at the owners meetings before the indictment was announced. They have stood behind Rice as a person based on his historic character, but don’t condone his actions.

“He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely be back,” Bisciotti said. “I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancée, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him.”

Rice could face punishment from the NFL in the form of a suspension, but NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he has yet to make a decision on the case.

“We’ll let the facts dictate that,” Goodell said.

A press release from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says that Rice was indicted for “attempting to cause significant bodily injury, and/or purposely or knowing causing such injury, and/or recklessly causing such injury under extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

The next court date has not yet been set.

Ross Revira March 28, 2014 at 07:33 AM
I thought the victim was the fiance. If you read the story it seems like it is Ray Rice. Stop with the hero worship and young people won't be so disappointed when they discover their hero has clay feet.
Dalton 22 March 28, 2014 at 08:50 AM
Will the next ray rice day in new Rochelle teach the young kids how to knock out their girlfriends? Stay classy ray.
Bill Payer March 28, 2014 at 11:53 AM
after football car washes are hiring.
StandfortheLord March 30, 2014 at 07:30 AM
I could never understand why so many worship the NFL including the low class\no class players. The gladiator mentality sees people knowing more about player statistics then those who are supposed to represent them in congress and the real problems in the world. Is it any wonder as to why the country is in rapid moral rot and decline?


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