Ravens RB Ray Rice Set To Be Arraigned For Aggravated Assault Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 of the 2014 season and depending on what happens this coming Thursday in an Atlantic County Superior Court, the Ravens could be without starting running back Ray Rice for that game.

According to a Monday morning report by the Baltimore Sun, Rice will be arraigned Thursday for felony aggravated assault stemming from a physical altercation with his on Feb. 15 at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, N.J.

The paper writes:

According to the indictment, Rice allegedly did “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.”

While Rice could legally face jail time if convicted of aggravated assault, he likely will avoid that punishment being a first-time offender. However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t likely to be as lenient and thanks to some surveillance video that surfaced immediately after the incident took place, he is likely to suspend Rice under the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Ravens open the 2014 season at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and it will be surprising if Rice is in uniform for that game. Whether or not he misses the game against the Steelers will depend on how long Goodell decides to suspend the Rutgers product for.

  • Addison

    I wonder if he would like to chime in on the Brown/Clarke incident.

  • Jeff Wood

    No man should ever laid hands on a woman! I hope someone in jail carries him around by his belt loop!

  • Axe Skot

    It had better be longer than 4 games.

  • RW

    It better be at least 4 games, I would give him 6 personally, particularly with the video evidence…

  • Axe Skot

    6 would make some sense based upon precedent. I’m betting he gets 2 or 3.

  • PA2AK

    Regardless of the suspension, the NFL and Team Ownership need to do a much better job dealing with those convicted of abusing women. Pretty damned disgusting if you ask me.

  • michael young

    Last year he stopped hitting the hole hard and started hitting women. No respect for this sorry excuse for a man. That video was awful to watch. I really don’t care about all he has said on camera. Or if he seems like a good guy. Real men don’t do what he did. If Goodell doesn’t give him an appropriate suspension he runs the risk of losing female fans. That’s what makes the NFL special. Women love the NFL. He better get this right. 1 or 2 games seems grossly short vs his actions.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Pouncey will be on stand-by in the event he is thrown in jail, ready to don his “Free-Rice” hat at a moments notice.

  • Steve

    If remember correctly, in the video RIce was draggin her out of the elevator by her hair. This was after he had hit her numerous times. Would not be suprized if he is suspended for 6-8 games for this action. Ray needs to man-up and admit his problem and seek help. Then and only then can the time be reduced depending on the actions Rice takes to rectify the problem. Some Community Service would be nice, perferably at a Womens shelter for battered women.

  • Jeff Anoble

    If GODdell really wanted to make a statement about abusing women it would be a year suspension. And should be. There is no way this should be tolerated and women’s groups should be up in arms if he gets off easy. This is an actual arraignment unlike Ben where no charges were filed. Ben got 6 originally Rice should get no less then 8 weeks.