Ravens RB Ray Rice Indicted On Third-Degree Aggravated Assault

A month after allegedly striking his fiancée and rendering her unconscious, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury today on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault.

The incident took place at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on February 15. Rice played his college ball for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights in New Brunswick, NJ.

Should Rice be convicted of the charge, he could stand to face a three- to five-year prison sentence in addition to a fine of up to $15,000.

Both he and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were arrested following the incident and charged with simple assault-domestic violence. Both were released on bail and declined to press charges. They have since begun taking counseling sessions and are working to get past the public altercation.

Barring penal ramifications, the Ravens organization appears to be standing behind their player.

Earlier in the week, team owner Steve Bisciotti commented on the incident during the owners meetings to defend his player, saying that “if everybody was one-strike-and-you’re-out, then we’d all be in trouble”:

When somebody repeats mistakes, it’s showing a lack of character to me. You can’t take what Ray’s done—the kind of locker-room influence he’s been and the kind of community commitment that he’s shown—and say he’s a different person.

Following today’s indictment, the organization doubled down, issuing a statement that reads as follows: “this is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident”.

In addition, Rice’s attorney issued the following statement: “We vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault. Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling”.

A year after winning the Super Bowl, Rice proceeded to have by far the worst season of his professional career by some margin in 2013, averaging an abysmal 3.1 yards per carry. Prior to this season, Rice’s career average had been well in excess of 4.5 yards per carry, and that total dropped by .2 after 2013.

Rice also recorded a career-low 5.5 yards per reception. In addition, he scored a career-low four touchdowns outside of his rookie season, when he was in a rotation and Willis McGahee and Le’Ron McClain were the backs used at the goal line.

Rice still has three years remaining on a five-year, $35 million contract, and based on the organization’s comments, it seems as though the 27-year-old running back is in no jeopardy of being released, though the legal ramifications of his indictment are yet to unfold.

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  • Jason White

    Money talks. I don’t see him getting anything despite the clear evidence proving his guilt. Slap on the wrist at best. Perhaps a minor suspension but it is a Ravens player so I doubt it. If it was any of us “normal” people we’d serve that 3-5 year prison sentence without fail.

  • Paddy

    Beating up a woman should get him suspended for the year in addition to jail time.

  • Superdriller316

    I want to see if there was a camera in the elevator. For the charges to go from simple assault to aggravated assault, wow! And charges against the girlfriend were dropped too. I hope Hines Ward took to social media to give back what Rice gave him a few years back.

  • Iron Cadet

    If he doesn’t get suspended then something is wrong. Ben got suspended and he was never charged or convicted of anything it was was supposedly because he violated the nfl’s personal conduct policy. I believe rice has gone way past that

  • Jason Vancil

    Sounds like a hefty suspension is in order, huh Roger?

  • Jeremy Pasquale

    I hope he didn’t. I would assume Hines is better than that.

  • steelster

    I can see why they are also pursuing blount.

  • Addison

    People look up to you, Hines,” Rice said. “You just were on TV with Dancing with the Stars. Ravens fans were upset that you won Dancing with the Stars but they still watched you. That shows your charisma and character. You’ve got a legacy in the NFL that no one can take away from you. But if you hurt somebody drunk driving, that takes away a lot.”

  • r8erh8er

    This was done in a casino where every inch is covered by cameras. If he was indicted that probably means they have him on camera in the elevator knocking her out in addition to the view the rest of us had with him dragging her out. But it won’t matter….shortly they will be married and she will invoke her “spousal privilege” rendering this entire process pointless.

  • 20Stoney

    When somebody beats the living hell out of a woman like that, I guarantee it’s not a one time thing,,,just the first time he was caught.

  • Nolrog

    Nah. Suspensions are only in order when there are allegations but no formal charges. Plus, Rice is a Raven.

  • Nolrog

    And then people will be shocked in a year or two when he beats her so bad she winds up in the hospital.

  • 2443scott

    and use the i got a football injury to brain excuse when others who really have it get degraded

  • Virdin Barzey

    Waiting to see what Adolf Goodell does with Rice in “protecting the shield.” How many of you believe Goodell will do anything? I don’t. Yet he has penalize several Steelers for less.

    Say what they want, but for a man to put his hand on a woman in public, means that this isn’t the first time he’s done it. Sure he has done it, if not worse in private. As long as they are so called together, it won’t be the last time either, just in public.

    There are some things that real men never do. Don’t put you hands on a woman especially if you an NFL player. Have little respect for anything Ravens, have no respect for someone who knock out a woman like that. Fact that the Ravens front office is supporting him rather than disciplining him speaks volumes.

  • Axe Skot

    Agreed. Watch the video. He doesn’t kneel down to make sure she is ok or revive her. He initially drags her and then when the guard(?) comes into the camera view, he lets go of her and looks as though he knows he is busted, then turns as if he wants to get away.

  • Axe Skot

    It has nothing to do with the Ravens as an organization even though I hate them and Ray Rice. Steelers are hardly better. All it really means is that they don’t have a better option at running back.

  • PA2AK

    But ‘they’re happy’…what is with women that stand by men who abuse them?! He knocked her out! Yet she’s happily engaged to be married? I bet both parents are proud and encouraged by their future together.

  • Jones

    Is it retroactive like that? If someone commits a crime prior to being married, but are married prior to their trial, does spousal privilege retroactively cover the events surrounding the alleged crime?

  • 20Stoney

    You are dead right. Reading Bisciotti’s comments reminded me a lot of Dan Rooney with his “Jimmy was trying to do a good thing”. Granted this is abuse on a whole ‘nother level, but if the player is of value to the team they will all make excuses for them. Let the long snapper do the same thing, and despite all the charity work and good deads in the world, they won’t give him a second chance.

  • SwagDaddy330

    He knocked his fiancee out. He better get at least what Ben got.

  • Brendon Glad

    Hey, if you are going to punch somebody, where better than at a casino? I mean if you want to make a highlight video and post it on Instagram. They should have all angles covered. smh. What a tool.

  • treeher

    It’s not love, it’s Cabaret! (Money Money Money Money Money Money Money Money)

  • r8erh8er

    I nailed it….indicted Thursday married friday!

  • walter mason

    …Absolutely. My wife tried to beat on me one time. I took a few punches and then easily bear hugged her until she calmed down. I can think of no reason for an athlete to beat on a woman that he plans on marrying..