Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice isn't having the rebound of an offseason that many had hoped he would. After a disappointing 2013 season, Rice was involved in an altercation with his fiancee at a casino in Atlantic City. According to reports, a fight ensued and Rice allegedly uppercutted the woman and knocked her out. Video exists showing Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator.
On Thursday, multiple sources broke the news that Rice has now been indicted for aggravated assault. Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, that charge carries a possible three to five year sentence.
Ravens RB Ray Rice was indicted today on one count of aggravated assault. Carries a 3-5 year prison term.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2014
The team released a brief statement saying: "This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident". The team's website has the Atlantic County Prosecutor's office citing the indictment as follows:
"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."
The Ravens have shown support for Rice by saying that they expect him to be a part of their team next year. It's unclear if Rice will receive that kind of a sentence, especially since he has had a pretty clear legal history to his name. Regardless, this is a sticky situation and Rice has a long way to go to get past this unfortunate situation.