Everything else in the NFL is getting pushed back on the calendar this year, so why should Ray Rice’s day in court be any different.
According to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun, Rice was supposed to appear at his arraignment conference for felony aggravated assault charges, but it was pushed back to Thursday.
While there’s still plenty we don’t know about the night Rice allegedly punched his then-fiance, now-wife Janay Palmer, we do know that the Ravens are standing by their man.
Both owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh have said they expect to keep him, and it would be naive to think finances didn’t play a part in that, since they’ve already paid him $25 million the last two seasons.
Rice could face jail time if convicted, though he could avoid that through a first-time offender diversionary program. The league can sanction him without a conviction, via a fine and/or a suspension, but hasn’t ruled yet.