For the first time since he was charged with assault against his then-fiance, now wife, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice took to the podium on Friday to address the matter…well, somewhat.
While the charges have since been dropped, that doesn’t mean that the veteran is out of hot water with the NFL as they continue to investigate the matter, and according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Friday, Rice could be facing a three-game suspension.
“They’re preparing for him to miss, I think, at least three games,” Mort said, noting the Ravens used a fourth-round pick on Lorenzo Taliaferro after signing Justin Forsett. Add in Rice’s well-below-average 2013 performance, and he’s going to be tough to justify as an early-round 2014 fantasy selection.
As for a timetable as to when the NFL could announce a suspension, that’s not known at this time, however with camps getting into full swing shortly, they’d probably like to get it over with as quickly as possible.
Rice had one of the more controversial press conferences in quite some time Friday, even going so far as having his wife, the victim in the original case, issue an apology for her “role” in the incident and even using a boxing reference, not the smartest move for someone that faced assault charges against a female.