Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may not be looking at jail time after being accepted into a pretrial diversion program, but according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that doesn’t mean that Rice won’t face the stiff arm (pun intended) of Roger Goodell and the NFL.
Mortensen, who indicated that Ray will likely face a suspension as a first-time offender of the Personal Conduct Policy, did not indicate how severe said suspension might be. Common logic suggests the first four games of the regular season. This likely suspension stems from an incident with his now wife in an hotel elevator earlier this offseason. Rice originally faced third-degree assault charges with intent to commit bodily harm.
According to a report directly from the Baltimore Ravens official website, Rice and his wife will address the media on Friday.
Running back Ray Rice will address the media Friday. His press conference will take place at the Under Armour Performance Center at 3 p.m.
This will be Rice’s first public remarks since his February arrest on an assault charge against his then-fiancée and now-wife Janay Palmer. Rice has maintained his silence up to this point at the suggestion of his lawyers, who wanted the legal process to play out before Rice commented.
If Rice is forced out of action due to a suspension, Bernard Pierce figures to take over the starting running back duties in his stead. Rice and Pierce led the worst rushing attack in the National Football League last season. They combined for less than 1,100 rushing yards and about three yards per touch. At this point, the Ravens just have to hope that Pierce is up to the task of giving Joe Flacco any type of support on offense because Rice cannot be counted on in 2014.
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