News

Ravens’ Rice indicted on assault charges after fight with fiancée

Ravens’ Rice indicted on assault charges after fight with fiancée

INDICTED: A three-time Pro Bowl player, Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens in 2012 and helped Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the end of that season. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – The National Football League’s Ray Rice, a Pro Bowl running back, was indicted on Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault after his arrest last month for fighting with his fiancée in an Atlantic City casino, the county prosecutor’s office said.

Police arrested Rice, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and is known for his anti-bullying advocacy, and his fiancée, Janay Palmer, shortly before 3 a.m. on Feb. 15 at the Revel Casino and Hotel, charging them both with simple assault.

Surveillance tape showed them hitting each other in the casino elevator, police said.

The charge against Palmer, 26, has been dropped, the Atlantic County, New Jersey, prosecutor said.

A grand jury in state superior court indicted Rice, 27, with the more serious charge of aggravated assault on Thursday, court documents show, which carries a sentence of three to five years in prison.

Rice, who lives in the Baltimore, Maryland, suburb of Reistertown, his lawyer and Palmer could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Ravens released a statement on its website supporting Rice.

“This is part of the due process for Ray,” the statement said. “We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”

A three-time Pro Bowl player, Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens in 2012 and helped Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the end of that season.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Richard Chang)

Recent Headlines

in Local

Bellingham man is airlifted out of the North Cascades after an injury

Fresh

A hiker who injured his ankle and had to be airlifted out of the North Cascades is a 51-year-old Bellingham man.

in Local

Fugitive turned actor is arrested in Olympia

Fresh
police lights

A fugitive has been arrested after federal agents saw his photo in a story featuring a low-budget horror movie in The Olympian.

in Local

Friday’s rain does not lift burn ban

Fresh
Fire danger still very high.

Bill Hewitt with the Bellingham Fire Department says the rain was not enough to lift burn bans and restrictions in place in the county and on state and federal lands. The ban level was only lowered from “extreme/very high” to “high.”

in Local Sports

Seattle believes struggling Rodney tipping pitches

Fresh
Seattle Mariners closing pitcher Fernando Rodney throws against the Los Angeles Angels in the ninth inning of an opening day baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, April 6, 2015, in Seattle. Rodney earned the save and the Mariners defeated the Angels 4-1.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon thinks struggling reliever Fernando Rodney is tipping his pitches, causing some of his problems.

in Sports

Angels acquire Shane Victorino from Red Sox

Fresh
los angeles of anaheim angels logo

The 34-year-old Victorino is a two-time World Series champion, a two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove winne