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NFL: Ravens RB Ray Rice Indicted on Aggravated Assault Charge in NJ
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NFL: Ravens RB Ray Rice Indicted on Aggravated Assault Charge in NJ

Mar 28 2014, 3:11am CDT | by

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was charged with aggravated assault on March 27 stemming from a February incident in which he allegedly knocked his fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino elevator.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on an aggravated assault charge on March 27.  According to Garrett Downing of the Ravens' official website, Rice will face three to five years of...

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NFL: Ravens RB Ray Rice Indicted on Aggravated Assault Charge in NJ

Mar 28 2014, 3:11am CDT | by

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was charged with aggravated assault on March 27 stemming from a February incident in which he allegedly knocked his fiancee Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City, N.J. casino elevator.

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on an aggravated assault charge on March 27. 

According to Garrett Downing of the Ravens' official website, Rice will face three to five years of prison time if he is convicted: 

"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 fiancee 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." 

Bisciotti told Downing he is confident that Rice will be back with the Ravens sooner than later. 

"He'll be back with the team. He'll definitely be back. I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancee, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion toward him." 

The Baltimore Sun uploaded a copy of the indictment, which addresses Rice using his real name "Raymell M. Rice": 

"RAYMELL M. RICE did attempt to cause significant bodily injury to JANAY PALMER, and/or did purosely 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; contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 2C: 12-1b(7), and against the peace of this State, the government and dignity of the same." 

Justin Fenton of The Baltimore Sun spoke with Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, who said neither the Baltimore running back nor his fiancee "wishes to go forward with this prosecution." 

Diamondstein also said Rice and Palmer are still together and are undergoing counseling, per Fenton.

"They're together. They're in counseling. 

"Ray Rice is not going to put the blame on Janay Palmer. The state chose only to prosecute Ray Rice, and we ask that the public reserve judgment until all the facts come out."

Downing adds the NFL may end up suspending Rice but commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't made a decision yet. 

In Fenton's report, Goodell was asked at a press conference during the NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. if the league has been following Rice's case and whether he will be disciplined. 

The NFL commissioner quipped,"Yes, and I don't know on the second part. We'll let the facts dictate that." 

TMZ uploaded a video of Rice allegedly dragging Palmer out of the casino elevator on Feb. 19, an incident which occurred just moments "after cops say they attacked each other on the property." 

The 27-year-old Rice is entering his seventh NFL season and has amassed 6,180 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns on 1,430 carries, per ESPN stats

He helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII with a 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans, La. on February 3, 2013. 

 
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Hey ESPN......Little Late Aren't We?

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Stephen A. Smith gets a one-week suspension

Jul 29 2014 7:38pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Ray Rice’s suspension has spawned another one. Stephen A. Smith, who foolishly suggested that women may play a role in provoking illegal violence from the men in their lives and then doubled down on Twitter before finally apologizing via teleprompter, has been suspended for a week by ES ...
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ESPN’s Smith suspended for Rice comments

Jul 29 2014 4:44pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2′s "First Take" last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he as ...
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17 hours ago

ESPN’s Smith suspended for Rice comments

Jul 29 2014 4:44pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2′s "First Take" last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread attention ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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17 hours ago

ESPN’s Smith suspended for Rice comments

Jul 29 2014 4:44pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2′s "First Take" last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted widespread atte ...
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17 hours ago

ESPN’s Smith suspended for Rice comments

Jul 29 2014 4:44pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

NEW YORK — ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2′s "First Take" last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice following charges he assaulted his now-wife. The remarks attracted wide ...
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