Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his fiancée have a long road to go after being involved in a domestic violence incident last month. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh told reporters on Wednesday that the pair plan to attend a couples seminar on domestic violence.
Rice and fiancée, Janay Palmer, were both arrested for simple assault at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15 (the aftermath of which was caught on video). The two apparently still plan to marry, according to Harbaugh.
“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 news conference. “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.”
Rice had a disappointing season in 2013 (just as any fantasy football owner who picked him with a high draft pick), and this incident didn’t go a long way to endearing himself with folks in Baltimore who felt that his weight and effort had both gone in the wrong direction.
Hopefully the seminar will provide some help to Rice and his fiancée to help get them on the way to a happy life together and for Rice to return to contributing as one of the league’s top running backs.
The domestic violence incident is going to be reviewed by the NFL under the league’s personal conduct policy.