Ravens running back Ray Rice was reportedly arrested after a physical altercation that took place in an Atlantic City casino over the weekend.
According to a report from The Sun, Rice’s attorney Andrew Alperstein said the three-time Pro Bowl running back and his fiancée were charged and released after both were involved in a “very minor physical altercation” at Revel Casino on the Atlantic City boardwalk. The police report indicates that Rice and Janay Palmer were involved in a domestic dispute recorded on video surveillance in which both parties appeared to strike each other.
Both were charged with simple assault-domestic violence and were released on a summons to appear in court after both refused medical attention. The Ravens released the following statement about the incident on Sunday evening:
“We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancée. We have spoken with Ray and know that they returned home together after being detained.”
Coming off the worst season of his career, Rice rushed for only 660 yards and averaged just 3.1 yards per carry in 2013 as he enters the third season of a five-year, $35 million contract signed in July 2012. The 2008 second-round pick carries an $8.75 million salary cap number for 2014, but the amount of accelerated money remaining on his deal makes his release extremely unlikely this offseason.
Based on the few details known at this point, the incident at the very least is an embarrassing occurrence for the 2008 second-round pick who has such a positive reputation for his charitable work in the community as well as his anti-bullying campaign.