Tuesday, 4. March 2014
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been summoned to appear before a judge after he was charged with assault during an incident at an Atlantic City casino.
According to the police report, Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer got in a physical argument at the Revel Casino. Rice’s attorneys claim a “very minor physical altercation” occurred, but video obtained by TMZ shows that the situation was anything but minor.
You can see the TMZ video below. Some of the images may be disturbing.
The video shows Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the casino elevator and laying her on the ground. He later tries to prop her up, at which point it appears she regains consciousness. The court summons alleges that Rice struck his fiancée with his hand, which rendered her unconscious.
Rice’s attorneys have admitted that the video is authentic, but they say it is taken out of context.
“The video that has been put up by TMZ shows the very end of what transpired between Ray and his fiancée,” said Rice’s attorney Michael Diamondstein.
Both Rice and Parker were arrested for simple assault for their role in the incident, so it appears police believe that both parties got physical at some point during the night. Although Parker’s role in the altercation is still being investigated, her attorneys have referred the domestic violence incident to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for further review.
Rice will make his initial appearance on March 11.
As prosecutors noted, the case has already been referred to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office for review, but Rice could also face additional penalties by the National Football League.
Players in the NFL are required to adhere to the league’s personal conduct policy, which was initially instituted to control off-field behavior and preserve the league’s public image. Six notable players have received game suspensions as a result of off field conduct, and as the list shows, a player doesn’t necessarily need to be charged with a crime to feel the wrath of Roger Goodell.
- Adam “Pacman” Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season, and eventually served another 6-game suspension for repeated arrests and his involvement in a shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas.
- Chris Henry was suspended for the first eight games in 2007 after he was arrested for the fifth time in three different states.
- Tank Johnson was suspended for the first eight games in 2007 after he pled guilty to an illegal weapons charge.
- Donte Stallworth was suspended for the entire 2009 season after he killed a pedestrian while driving drunk. He accepted a plea agreement in lieu of taking the case to trial.
- Michael Vick was suspended for two regular season games in 2009 after serving a 21-month sentence in prison for his role in an illegal dog-fighting ring.
- Ben Roethlisberger was suspended for four games in 2010 after allegations of sexual assault arose for the second time in less than a year. Roethlisberger was never charged with a crime, but he still received a suspension.
The league will likely wait to see how the case plays out, but if the judge rules that Rice knocked his fiancée unconscious, don’t expect the commissioner to take the case lightly. Even if he avoids jail time, he may be forced to watch some Ravens games from the sideline.
Related source: TMZ, Forward Times Online