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Complaint: Ray Rice Knocked Out Fiancee During Altercation

ray-rice-girlfriend-fiancee-janay-palmerBaltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocked his fiancee unconscious in an altercation at an Atlantic City casino over the weekend, according to a complaint filed by police, who said Wednesday that they have referred the case to county prosecutors for review.

The revelation came as a video clip showing the aftermath of the incident was posted online. The 50-second video, obtained by TMZ, shows Rice lifting fiancee Janay Palmer by her arms out of an elevator at the Revel Casino and laying her on the ground. She appears limp as he pulls her legs away from the elevator’s doors and props her up.

Contacted about the allegations in the summons, Rice’s Philadelphia-based attorney, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment. Earlier in the day, he said the online video clip was authentic but incomplete.

“The video that has been put up by TMZ shows the very end of what transpired between Ray and his fiancee,” said Diamondstein, who said he and Rice would “not try this case in the media.”

“We are confident that by the time all of the facts are in the open, the public will have a complete and true picture of what actually transpired, and we just ask that the public remember what a high-character, good person Ray is, and that they reserve judgment until all the facts are out.”

An attorney for Palmer could not be reached.

A Ravens spokesman said: “We have seen the video, this is a serious matter and we are currently gathering more information.” Owner Steve Bisciotti declined to comment.

Rice, 27, has been one of the Ravens’ top players for years, with his success burnished by high-profile anti-bullying efforts and sponsorships. This week’s legal trouble comes on the heels of his worst season as a starter.

Fallout from the incident continued Wednesday, as Rice pulled out of a charity fundraiser scheduled for Friday in Baltimore. A source told The Baltimore Sun that Rice’s arrest would be reviewed by the NFL under its personal-conduct policy.

Atlantic City police also said they had asked the county prosecutor’s office to review the case and “ensure appropriate charges are considered.”

Rice and Palmer were arrested and charged Saturday morning with simple assault, then released with a summons to appear in municipal court. The charge, punishable by up to six months in jail, requires prosecutors to show that a suspect attempted to cause or caused bodily injury. It is considered a “disorderly persons offense” in New Jersey.

The charges against Rice and Palmer are less severe than the New Jersey crime of aggravated assault, which involves the use of a weapon or an attempt to cause “serious” bodily injury.

Police said the couple refused medical attention and did not report any injuries to police. On Sunday, Rice’s attorneys called the incident a “very minor physical altercation.”

A copy of the summons issued to Rice says he “committed assault by attempting to cause bodily injury” to the 26-year-old Palmer, “specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious, at the Revel Casino.”

The summons for Palmer says she struck Rice with her hand.

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7 thoughts on “Complaint: Ray Rice Knocked Out Fiancee During Altercation

  1. Michael Bush says:

    Sickening….the one NFL ballplayer with a black fiance' and this is how he treats her? As black men we have to put a stop to this abuse of our sisters and daughters!

  2. Black men are going to start leaving black women alone. Black women are like hip hop…"Black magic" they look and sound good, but ultimately they're both lethal & hazardous to your peace, joy, happiness, & career. #Thisisgettingredundant #WTFblackwomen??? :-/

  3. MisterVee Thedj says:

    So is that a reason to uppercut her? Sounds like he needs hands laid on him. Guys who hit women are women themselves in my opinion and I'd make quick work of cats like that.

  4. You missed it…He needs hands laid on him for marrying a Scandal watching, L&HH, RHWOA, WSHH, Boom Chicka Boom Boom American Nigger Musik acting out, selfie pic taking with a chicken head facial expression poor excuse for a wife that gets drunk off Mad Dog 20/20 or Boone's Farm 🙂

  5. MisterVee Thedj says:

    Mike Lumberger still no excuse to put his hands on her. Dude's about to get his though if they determine he did knock her out. Would you be cosigning if that was a femaie in your family? #nomanshouldhitawoman

  6. MisterVee Thedj The women in my family aint shit even my white Jesus serving mother 🙁 I think he should of never hit her or had a second date with her. However, he's at fault for entertaining a distraction. Please tell me that the DMV isn't infested with "hoodratocity"??? :-/

  7. Michael Bush says:

    Mike Lumberger
    I've seen some Toms on the internet before, but you take the cake. Openly advocating violence against black women, disparinging your own mother. One of those black men that talks black and sleeps white AKA Sellout. Probably never got any love from the siters when you where young, seen this type before.

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