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Former Rutgers Star Ray Rice Admitted to Pre-Trial Intervention Program

Rice was accepted into the program after pleading not guilty to a domestic incident with his then-fiancee in Atlantic City in February.

Ray Rice was accepted to a pre-trial intervention program on Tuesday. (Patch File Photo)
Ray Rice was accepted to a pre-trial intervention program on Tuesday. (Patch File Photo)
Former Rutgers University football player and Super Bowl champion Ray Rice has been approved for a pre-trial intervention program after pleading not guilty to a third degree charge of aggravated assault Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced on Tuesday.

“This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice’s application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation,” McClain said. “After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition.”

Rice is charged with aggravated assault, for 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 following a fight with his now-wife Janay Palmer at The Revel Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15.

Palmer was initially charged in connection with the incident, but that charge was dismissed administratively.

The program Rice was approved for is a diversionary program that permits first time offenders of third or fourth degree crimes to avoid prosecution.

It ranges in duration between six months and four years. The term will be determined by Atlantic County Superior Court. Rice will be supervised by court personnel to ensure compliance with the program’s requirements.

Successful completion of the program results in dismissal of the case, but the arrest remains on record without conviction.

Palmer was Rice’s fiancée at the time of the fight. They were married the day after Rice’s arraignment.

They live with their young daughter in Reisterstown, Maryland and are undergoing marriage counseling, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

Rice holds 11 Rutgers University rushing records, including career yards and career touchdowns. He was drafted by the Ravens in 2008, and won Super Bowl XLVII with the team following the 2012 season.

Mel Sharples May 23, 2014 at 07:17 AM
I was pointing out how we treat the issue of player conduct has everything to do with our own biases - be that race-based, team- based, or performance-based. Rarely is it based on conduct off the field. I would not want Ray Rice on my team, but there were strong rumors McCoy did the same thing. If Ray was a special teams gunner he'd be cut by now. They just gave Jameis Winston the Heisman, and he will be one of the faces of the NCAA and ESPN college football season. And I thought Richard Sherman was full of crap about the tern "thug". But I took a few months to observe reactions between different players involved in violence. He was right. Do the same, you'll see.
Karl May 23, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Mel, you sound like a good guy that I'd enjoy watching a game with. Ray Rice disappoints me. He didn't seem like that kind of guy. It sounds like the NFL is going to suspend him anyway (and I hope he accepts his medicine and doesn't make into a legal battle). Peace.
antonio movado May 23, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Banned for life ?? LMAO
Dame Bridgid May 28, 2014 at 03:23 AM
That woman was actually stupid enough to go through with the wedding AFTER he assaulted her? Plus she has a child to protect! That is crazy. Ladies; if you want a decent life for yourselves, it is time to start putting on your big girl panties. Do not marry proven abusers. No matter how much they apologize, and say they love you. I wonder just how long it will be before he does it again?
Mel Sharples May 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM
And he pulled the Bobby Cox combo - beat your wife and then make her get on TV and apologize for making him hit her. But Bobby was never called a thug, and he was celebrated as a great man in baseball until he retired. Wow, I wonder why this case is different? And I believe she married him so she wouldn't be compelled to testify against him. Which is, of course, all very sad.

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