Domestic violence charges against former NFL player Ray Rice dismissed

Rice's Domestic Violence Charge Dismissed After Intervention


Domestic violence charges against Ray Rice were dismissed on Thursday after the former National Football League running back completed a pretrial intervention program, New Jersey prosecutors said.

Rice, a three-time Pro Bowler who played with the Baltimore Ravens from 2008 until being suspended in 2014, had his $35 million contract terminated in September when a graphic video surfaced of him knocking out his then-finance Janay Palmer in an elevator at a New Jersey casino in February.

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OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens pauses while addressing a news conference with his wife Janay at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife Janay made statements to the news media May 5, 2014, at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, Md, regarding his assault charge for knocking her unconscious in a New Jersey casino. On Monday, Sept. 9, 2014, Rice was let go from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced from TMZ showing the incident. (Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens sits on the bench against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half of their preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens smiles during warm ups before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
OWINGS MILLS, MD - MAY 23: Baltimore Ravens assistant director of public relations Patrick M. Gleason holds the door as running back Ray Rice enter a news conference followed by his wife Janay Rice and Ravens team President Dick Cass at the Ravens training center on May 23, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Rice spoke publicly for the first time since facing felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Janay at an Atlantic City casino. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sits in the crowd during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
Maine Governor Paul LePage in his office at the State House in Augusta. LePage, who was beaten by his father when he was young and has made domestic abuse prevention and awareness a priority of his administration, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about the controversial two-game suspension levied on Ray Rice after a domestic incident involving his wife at a N.J. hotel.
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Rice, 28, applied for New Jersey's pre-trial intervention program at a court appearance last May, where he pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

The Rice case triggered a wave of criticism against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for what was widely seen as light penalties he gave to players in domestic abuse cases.

Goodell initially gave Rice a two-game suspension for the fight but in September after video of the punch went viral, suspended him indefinitely. The commissioner admitted "he didn't get it right" and has since revamped the league's policies concerning domestic violence.

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Certain things we do we shouldn't but there are situations that deserve forgiveness. The Boston bombers don't but Ray Rice does.
Ray Rice will have no conviction for domestic violence. But the arrest will stay on his record unless he seeks to have it expunged
PTI program for Rice likely included anger management counseling with spouse, random urine screens, regular meetings with case worker, etc.
The fact that Ray Rice got acquitted of domestic violence is ridiculous.
As Ray Rice charges are dismissed, with no real punishment, shouldn't we ask why NJ authorities went so soft on him? They saw the videos.
Ray Rice doesn't need an intervention program. He needs a cell and a few bars in between him and freedom. Ppl go to jail for less everyday
Ray Rice will always be trash to me. Especially after that videotape
#RayRice walks as a free man While the style of punch he used on his wife is now known as The Ray Rice Technique
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Rice filed a wrongful termination grievance after he was cut from the Ravens and ultimately settled with the club for a reported $1.6 million.

Rice had his indefinite suspension from the NFL overturned and is a free agent, hoping to land a job with another team. He has since married Palmer.


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