Report: Ravens RB Ray Rice Faces “Significant” Multi-Game Suspension

On Friday, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer, both met the media during a scheduled press conference for the first time since they were arrested following a February incident that took place in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

During the awkward press conference that included some bad choice of words by Rice, who will likely avoid being convicted of aggravated assault thanks to pretrial intervention program, the running back apologized for the incident, as did his wife.

Now that Rice has had his say and the police investigation of the incident now looking like it is over, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will next have to decide what kind of punishment to hand down to the Ravens running back.

At the conclusion of the press conference, NFL columnist Mike Freeman reported on Twitter that a source told him that Rice likely faces a “significant” multi-game suspension.

When you consider that Goodell initially suspended Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games back in 2010 when he was never charged with any crime following accusations that he sexually assaulted a woman in a bathroom of a Georgia nightclub, one would think that Rice will be suspended for at least four games. That’s the same amount of games that Roethlisberger was forced to miss after Goodell reconsidered the length of the punishment.

Should Rice wind up being suspended for at least two games to start the 2014 season, it would result in him missing the contests against the Cincinnati Bengals and Steelers. Even though he his coming off of a dismal 2013 season in which he rushed for only 660 yards, it still would be a big blow for the Ravens.

It’s currently unknown when Goodell will make his ruling, but it should come after Rice is summoned to the league offices to meet with the commissioner. That meeting is expected to happen soon.

  • Nolrog

    This just in: Goodell has given Rice a stern talking to and shook his finger at Rice vigorously. The NFL considers the incident closed.No not really, but would anyone expect any different for a Raven?

  • 20Stoney

    He should be facing some jail time. Anybody that would lay a women out like that is mentally defective. I don’t care if she touched him or not.

  • Smashmouth

    Well rice isn’t a steeler (Ben) or an team owner ( Irsey ) so i’m thinking it’ll be a slap on the wrists at most i agree with Stoney no man should lay a hand on any woman

  • dave

    Why compare any possible suspension to Ben’s. Every case is different and Ray Rice will be given a penalty of some kind. Ben was clearly going down the wrong path and Good ell did Ben and all Steeler fans a favor by suspending him. It was a wake up call and now Ben has become more of a leader and will eventually get his third ring.

  • Smashmouth

    the point i was trying to make is that Goodell seems to have a sliding scale as to who and what he deems offensive to the league i firmly believe that there should be a third party who sets punishments and fines without having to answer to the NFL or the players union

  • dave

    I agree with you about how the process should be more uniformed but everyone should stop comparing every possible suspension to “what Ben got.”

  • Jason White

    Should be 6-8 in my opinion but knowing how much Goodell cares for his pet birdies he will probably just have a father/son talk with Ray and give him a little tongue and send him on his way.

  • Anthony Stewart

    We can’t because every time we turn around someone has been in trouble and actually charged with something seems to have gotten a lesser penalty than Ben. Suspending Ben did him and us a favor? That’s just asinine, I think you would have to attribute that to his wife and his new family. That’s what really changes men:Family

  • tim

    If Ben first got 6 then downed to 4 from two incidence that had no charges really then wouldnt you think THIS one with actual proof would get at LEAST double that, so minimum 8 games or this is some bulls@$t…

  • Jesse Murray

    The choice of words was poor, what was worse was Rice’s utter oblviousness to the person he struck with his punches. I could care less about apologies to fans and Ravens. The fact he didnt use the platform to apologize to the mother of his chlidren, is a travesty. Domestic abuse is rarely a one time deal, research shows that, and given Rice’s lack of contrition I truly feel sorry for his wife. Talk about spending life in a mine field.

  • concretejimmy

    Steelers suck. Worse thing a man can do is let a woman start beating on him. Just like Ben sexually assaulting women. It was a wake up call. Just like it was a wake up call to Janay after she struck Ray and TMZ smeared his name all over. Ravens will win the division and the SB with or without Ray. About time someone did something about the dirty, pay-the-refs Squeelers.