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Baltimore Ravens Running Back Ray Rice Faces New Criminal Charge

Ray Rice faces a new charge of aggravated assault for a February fight with his fiancee in Atlantic City.

Ray Rice faces new charge of aggravated assault for fight with fiancee in Atlantic City. (Patch file photo.)
Ray Rice faces new charge of aggravated assault for fight with fiancee in Atlantic City. (Patch file photo.)

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée last month and rendering her unconscious, reports ESPN.

Last month Rice was arrested at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City about 3 a.m. after a physical altercation with his fiancée. Both Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were charged then with simple assault.

Surveillance video obtained and posted online by TMZ showed Rice lifting an apparently unconscious Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said the footage is authentic but incomplete.

If Rice is convicted, he could face three to five years in prison.

Diamondstein told ESPN: "We deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don't think the law would support that [he did]. And we just ask the public to reserve judgment until all of the facts are out."

Rice was one of three Ravens players to be arrested in a 22-day period, EPSN says. Backup wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for possession of marijuana on Feb. 21, and reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of battery on March 9.

The Ravens 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 supported Rice, 27, since his arrest. Owner Steve Bisciotti said of Rice during an interview Monday: “He’ll be back with the team. He’ll definitely be back. I know how terribly disappointing it is to Ray and his fiancée, how embarrassing it is for them. I have to have compassion towards him.” 

Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens before the 2012 season, ESPN says.

Carol Mullen March 28, 2014 at 08:40 AM
It's about alcohol and self control. Why put yourself in this situation?
George Helm March 28, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Ray Lewis got away with accessory to murder and is celebrated and will end up in the HOF. Let's see what happens to Rice!
KMyers March 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM
Great image of Baltimore the Ravens bring to the public'
You March 28, 2014 at 01:44 PM
We treat professional athletes like they are bullet proof gods and we never hold them to the same standards as the rest of us. Yet, if "Bob" your next door neighbor got caught on camera in a public place punching his wife in the face and knocking her out... people would be crying for him to be hung. Fact is... Rice got caught on the elevator camera being a BULLY punching his wife in the face and knocking her out. She was scared and is still scared of him and wanted everything dropped (typical beaten wife syndrome). Now the police are taking over and doing the right thing. I hope we cut this jerk!
Joe Galvagna March 28, 2014 at 03:18 PM
If the NFL was a legitimate sports venue and not a group of show boating black half ass. Athletes this guy would be dismissed/fired on the spot along with the other two. All the teams and team owners are nothing more than a bunch of illiterate thug making millions of dollars to play sports.

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