Ray Rice, of the Baltimore Ravens, could be facing three to five years in prison after he was indicted on aggravated assault charges in Atlantic City, NJ, on Thursday for a physical altercation with fiancée Janay Palmer in February.
Rice initially faced a charge of simple assault after allegedly striking Palmer unconscious inside an elevator at Revel Casino just before 3 a.m. on Feb. 15. But a grand jury returned with a more serious charge of aggravated assault; Palmer was also charged with assault, but prosecutors dismissed those charges.
A video of the incident obtained by TMZ showed Rice dragging Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and placing her on the floor. Michael Diamondstein, Rice’s attorney, said the footage is “authentic but incomplete.”
“On behalf of Ray Rice, we vehemently deny that Mr. Rice committed an aggravated assault,” Diamondstein told Lynda Cohen ofThe Press of Atlantic City. “Both Mr. Rice and Miss Palmer are together, they are happy and they’re in counseling.”
Ravens owner Steve Biscotti called Rice’s arrest “embarrassing and disappointing,” but said the team will stand by the three-time All Pro.