Since the conclusion of the NFL season, Ray Rice has been making headlines, but for all the wrong reasons. The Baltimore Ravens running back was arrested on Feb. 15, along with fiancée Janay Palmer, after the couple had a domestic dispute.
Rice and Palmer were charged with simple assault, following an incident at an Atlantic City casino. According to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, the couple plans to attend couples seminar.
"I've talked to Ray a lot, and really nothing to add other than what's been said already: The facts will determine the consequences, and we'll see where it goes," Harbaugh said at a press conference to announce tight end Dennis Pitta’s new contract.. "I haven't seen anything different, just like you haven't seen anything different. Ray has told me his side of it, and everything we've seen so far is very consistent with what he said."
The official details of the incident have yet to be confirmed, but Rice allegedly struck his girlfriend, knocking her out in the process. TMZ recovered a video of Rice dragging Palmer’s unconscious body out of an elevator. A video of the altercation has not surfaced, but Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko reports that authorities have footage of Rice hitting his fiancée.
The Ravens have not punished Rice, though the league could eventually take action, as they review the case under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy. A court date for the 27-year-old has yet to be set.
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"There's nothing he has said that hasn't turned out to be the case," Harbaugh said. "I know Ray is going to spend a week at a seminar type of thing as a couples-type deal. He's doing everything he can to do what he needs to do and make things right."
At the NFL Scouting Combine, Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said the team would let the process unfold. Newsome told the media he felt “very good” about the way Rice has handled himself since the arrest.