Video of Rice dragging fiancée surfaces, summons states she was knocked unconscious

February 19, 2014 | Luke Jones

Video of Rice dragging fiancée surfaces, summons states she was knocked unconscious

(Updated: 4:05 p.m.)

With an Atlantic City police report stating there was surveillance video of the alleged physical altercation between Ravens running back Ray Rice and his  fiancée, it seemed to only be a matter of time before some footage would surface of the incident that resulted in both being charged with simple assault last weekend.

A video released by TMZ Wednesday morning shows a man the publication claims to be Rice dragging an unconscious woman out of an elevator before another man in a suit approaches him and appears to speak into a security microphone.  A few moments later, the man alleged to be Rice appears to walk away from the woman as she regains consciousness.

Rice’s attorney Michael Diamondstein offered the following comments to TMZ in response to the video being released and doesn’t dispute Rice and Janay Palmer being the individuals in the video:

“The video that’s being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired. We’ll assure the public that when this matter is fully tried and completed, you’ll have a better understanding of what happened and we ask the public to reserve making any judgment until all of the facts come out.”

The Atlantic City police revealed Wednesday afternoon that they have referred the case to the county prosecutor’s office “to ensure all appropriate charges are considered.”

The court summons obtained by WJZ-TV and FOX 45 on Wednesday afternoon states that Rice struck her with his hand, “rendering her unconscious.”

Many will draw their own conclusions based on what’s seen on the video, but it’s important to acknowledge that the alleged physical altercation is not shown and the footage doesn’t tell how she lost consciousness. However, there’s no sugarcoating how ugly the aftermath is for the 27-year-old running back after police said both parties struck each other with their hands before what was captured on the video.

A team official had no further comment to WNST.net about the released video as the Ravens continue to stand behind their initial statement regarding the altercation.

Head coach John Harbaugh spoke to Rice on Monday about the incident while general manager Ozzie Newsome had yet to speak to the 2008 second-round pick when he addressed the media to announce a contract extension for linebacker Terrell Suggs on Monday afternoon.

“I don’t know the situation. I’ve only gotten what has been written,” Newsome said. “I’ve not had a chance to talk to Ray; I have not had a chance to talk to [director of security Darren Sanders]. I really don’t know the situation and up until I get all the answers, then that’s when we make decisions within this organization once we get all the information we can get.”

Even if Rice is not convicted of any wrongdoing, he will still be subject to potential league discipline through the personal-conduct policy. In the past, commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t shied away from suspending players who run afoul of the law or simply paint the league in a negative light.

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  1. Kolo Jezdec Says:

    It looks like she could be passed out from drinking, but then one would wonder how she was involved in a ‘physical altercation’ if she is that intoxicated?

    Hope that Mr. Rice and fiancee get through this and learn from it. Everyone makes mistakes. I think most people will forgive you the first one…

    (L.J. – As I pointed out, the video doesn’t show how she lost consciousness, but there’s no sugarcoating that it looks bad.)

  2. joe of bel air Says:

    No matter the reason why, be it from one too many drinks or a RR uppercut, it doesn’t paint a flattering picture of RR dragging a semi-conscious or unconscious woman out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. Harbaugh has got to be livid. I bet you running back has moved up a few notches as a position the Ravens will target sometime in the draft.

  3. Mark Says:

    I will wait until the facts come out but the cause of her unconsciousness will determine the future of Ray Rice. If he caused it by striking her, he has to go. Period, end of it. There is NO place in society for men that strike women. If I was her father, and he struck her, the police would be the least of RR’s concern.

  4. Eric Says:

    Biscotti has to release a statement! Not the usual “we are waiting for all of the facts” that every other team puts out there. We have to be take a stand, be different, and show the league we will be leaders and not tolerate “knucklehead” judgement by ANY of our players.

    Embarrasing to all who wear purple,

  5. marty Says:

    Video tape doesn’t lie. If she was out cold due to a blow from Mr. “Anti” Bully then he belongs in jail. Allow all the facts to come out, he does deserve due process. But if the evidence proves to show he assaulted this woman to the point of unconsciousness, then the Ravens need to give him his unconditional release and he can play for Rex Ryan.

  6. Dan Says:

    6:27 AM February 20, 2014

    If the Women on HLN , or the other Fem Lawyer TV shows get wind of this, he could be looking at 15 to 20 years in the Pen. She may have just become un-rulely on the elevator after to much to drink and Ray was trying to settle her down . I hope that’s all it was .
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  7. Brian Says:

    Gotta love the Oriole cap tho!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Carl Says:

    one thing is for sure, Ray Rice won’t be raising the green flag for M&T bank anymore.

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