Ravens running back Ray Rice has been allowed to enter a pre-trial intervention which should prevent criminal charges for the alleged assault of his wife, but he still faces possible punishment from the NFL.
According to Lynda Cohen of the Press of Atlantic City, Rice was accepted into the program which could cause the third-degree charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury to be dismissed. The arrest will remain on his record, but without a conviction.
Rice and his then-fiance, now-wife Janay Palmer were charged in February for simple assault after an incident at an Atlantic City casino. According to the police report, Palmer was knocked unconscious, and video showed her being dragged from an elevator.
“This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation,” acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. “After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”
Of course, he still faces review under the league’s conduct policy, but teammate Joe Flacco said he doesn’t think Rice will be suspended.