NFL Fantasy Crime League Update: Baltimore RB Ray Rice Indicted
Atlantic City casino. Video footage of an NFL running back dragging an unconscious girlfriend from an elevator. Rumors of a violent scene between the two.
Graphic by Monica Fuentes Fantasy Crime League
Indeed, in this 2014 offseason's NFL Fantasy Crime League, the first crime of the season, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's assault on his fiancee, has been the most salacious crime of the season, and I say that with all due respect to Jim Irsay being caught with a small pharmacy in his car a week or so ago.
What started as a simple assault charge that would fade away with time and some couple's counseling has turned into more. A lot more.
ON Thursday, Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking and knocking his fiancée, Janay Palmer, unconscious last month.
As mentioned earlier, Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb.15, after a physical altercation with Palmer at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J. For the record, the spat appeared to cut both ways, as Palmer also was charged with simple assault.
Third-degree crimes are pretty punitive in New Jersey, carrying a potential prison sentence of at least three years and up to five years, and a fine that could be up to $15,000.
The smoking gun in all of this is a video obtained and posted online by TMZ showing a frustrated Rice lifting Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said the footage is authentic but doesn't tell the whole story.