Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge on Feb. 15 when Rice allegedly knocked out his fiance in an Atlantic City, New Jersey casino.
The charge carries a sentence of three to five years.
Rice was indicted for allegedly “attempting to cause significant bodily injury, and/or purposely or knowing causing such injury and/or recklessly causing such injury under extreme indifference to the value of human life.”
While it is obviously a very troubling incident, there is a chance that the case never reaches the court and the Ravens running back never finds himself in any trouble.
Michael Diamondstein, Rice’s attorney, told The Press of Atlantic City that neither Rice nor Palmer want to see this case enter court.
“On behalf of Ray Rice we vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault,” Diamondstein said. “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”
That would obviously be the best case scenario for Rice, who would likely see his playing career come to an end if he were sentenced to multiple years in jail.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti has previously said that Rice would definitely be back with the team, but a jail sentence is something that could change his way of thought.