What was Ray Rice actually convicted of?
Has any team offered to sign Ray Rice this year?
Last week, while Fantasy Football was underway, I saw that my brother-in-law had picked up Ray Rice. The last I had heard, Ray Rice has been indefinitely suspended from the NFL for the incident which was caught on camera with his wife.
My brother-in-law would be the one to snatch him up before the rest of us even realized that Ray Rice had won his appeal and was now available to be picked up again by any football team.
Ray Rice’s Domestic Violence Charge
Why was Ray Rice indefinitely suspended from the NFL? Back in February of last year, Rice and his then fiancée and now wife, were arrested and charged with simple assault.
Simple assault means that there has been a threat or an attempt to inflict injury on another person. You could be charged with simple assault and never have touched the other person or you could have committed bodily harm.
The police reports from last year said that both Ray Rice and Janay Palmer had used their hands to hit each other and that neither suffered any serious injuries.
While Janay Palmer’s charges were eventually dropped, Rice was charged with third degree aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault is when someone uses a deadly weapon and threatens bodily harm.
Third degree is one of the two lesser degrees and mean that the assailant, in this case Rice, had an intent to commit significant bodily harm instead of serious bodily harm.
Aggravated Assault Penalties
The penalties for aggravated assault range from four months to 15 years in prison, a fine of $150 – $10,000 and a misdemeanor or felony charge. Other penalties could include probation, electronic monitoring, court-ordered anger management classes, and restitution for the victim.
Then in May, Rice plead not guilty to aggravated assault and applied to a pre-trial program. Once accepted into this pre-trial program he then avoided prosecution and after a year of this program all charges will be dropped.
The NFL originally had given Rice a two game suspension that was announced in July.
The Ray Rice Video
It was in August after the public outcry that the NFL announced harsher punishments for domestic violence. Soon after that, the Ray Rice video was released.
This video showed Rice knocking out Janay Palmer and then dragging her out of the elevator. Shortly after that, Rice was released from the Baltimore Ravens and indefinitely suspended from the NFL.
Will Ray Rice Play This Year?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Ray Rice is worth a look. He reports that there were four teams looking into signing Ray Rice. Adam says the teams most likely to pick up Ray Rice will have to fit a certain profile.
The profile would include have a head coach willing to take on Rice, the team would likely be in “the playoff picture”, and have a running back injury. However, even with all that Rice has to offer Schefter says that this late in the season it will be difficult for Rice to find a team to sign him.
In an article yesterday by NBC Sports, 5 running backs had tryouts and none of them were Ray Rice.
What Do You Think?
Will Ray Rice play football this year? What do you think it would take for a team to sign him? Please let me know what you think in the comment section below.