The NFL will review Ray Rice’s arrest for simple assault-domestic violence under the league’s personal conduct policy, according to a Wednesday text message to CSNBaltimore from Greg Aiello, NFL senior vice president of communications. Aiello referred to the review of Rice’s case as “standard procedure” for the league.
Two developments on Wednesday could lead to more problems for Rice. According to a police report obtained by both WJZ in Baltimore and ESPN, Rice rendered his fiancée unconscious by striking her with his hand. On Wednesday, TMZ released a video showing Rice emerge from an elevator with Janay Palmer, his fiancée, who seemed to be unconscious. Rice lifted Palmer by her arms out of the elevator and laid her on the ground.
With the league looking into his case, Rice could face possible discipline from commissioner Roger Goodell for under the league’s personal conduct policy, no matter how Rice’s case is adjudicated. Rice is scheduled to make a court appearance next Tuesday.
Rice and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, were arrested early Saturday morning, after an altercation between them at an Atlantic City casino. According to a statement from the Atlantic City police department, police responded to Revel Casino for a domestic dispute between Rice and Palmer. After reviewing surveillance footage, police determined both parties were involved in a physical altercation.
The complaint summons indicated that both Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands. The responding officer signed a simple assault complaint against both Rice and Palmer. Police said Rice and Palmer refused medical attention, and no injuries were reported. They were transported to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility and charged with Simple Assault – Domestic Violence. They were released on a summons to appear in court.
On Wednesday, TMZ released its video of Rice and Palmer. According to TMZ, the video was footage taken early Saturday morning, shortly before Rice and Palmer were arrested.
Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, confirmed to the Sun that the video was authentic, but said it was incomplete.
“The video that has been put up by TMZ shows the very end of what transpired between Rice and his fiancée,” Diamondstein told the Sun in part. “We just ask that the public remember what a high-character, good person Ray is, and that they reserve judgment until all the facts are out.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the Ravens had not released any additional statements regarding Rice’s arrest, or the TMZ Sports video. The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Ravens coach John Harbaugh had spoken to Rice on Monday about his arrest. On Monday, general manager Ozzie Newsome said Rice was still a major part of the team’s plans heading into 2014.
“When I left my office, what, 20 minutes ago, and John had probably been in there 15 minutes before then, Ray Rice was still a big part of what we planned to do in 2014,” Newsome said Monday. I don’t know the situation. I’ve only gotten what has been written. I have not had a chance to talk to Ray. With me, I get all the answers, then that’s when we make decisions within this organization.”
However, the league confirmed Wednesday that it will also be monitoring Rice’s situation.