Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell as the Baltimore Ravens running back continues to rehab his image, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Rice could be subjected to a suspension and hefty fine from the NFL after he was arrested and indicted for striking his then-fiancée after he struck her at
inside an elevator at Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City and dragged her unconscious body out of the elevator. Rice pleaded not guilty to the charges of third-degree aggravated assault and was accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.
Shortly after he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program he and his wide held a joint press conference at the Ravens facility where Rice apologized for his actions and even his wife issued an apology for her role in the assault.
Early reports suggested Rice would receive a three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
Rice has been present at all of the Ravens offseason training activities and was even demoted in favor of journeyman Justin Fargas at the onset of OTA’s and will be in attendance when the Ravens begin their mandatory three-day minicamp, which kicks off on Tuesday.
The Ravens have had a troubling offseason as Rice was one of four players arrested during the offseason that saw John Harbaugh’s team fail to make the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl one year prior.
Meeting with Goodell is important for Rice to show Goodell that he is a changed man and the incident that took place last winter was an isolated incident for which he deeply regrets and that the counseling he and his wife underwent following the assault will ensure that this type of behavior never happens again.
Still, if Rice is suspended for three games, you can expect NFL fans and casual observers of the league to be outraged that he would be suspended one fewer game than someone who took caffeine pills.