Just a year ago, if Ray Rice’s name was mentioned to the average football fan, the first thing that would come up would be the Baltimore Ravens or Rutgers. Today, Rice’s name is associated with assault, controversy, and disgrace. What caused the drastic change? One night in Atlantic City.
On February 15, 2014, Rice was arrested and charged with assault after an altercation with his fiancée in the elevator of a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey
TMZ posted a video of Rice dragging his fiancée out of the elevator after apparently punching her and causing her to become unconscious. After the release of the video, Rice got suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season.
There was controversy over the length of Rice’s suspension, as some believed that two games was not enough punishment. In a news conference, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that he “didn’t get it right” in deciding Rice’s punishment and promising longer suspension lengths for future domestic violence incidents. Although many believed that this was the end of the Ray Rice debacle, there was more to come.
On September 08, 2014, TMZ released a longer version of the elevator footage showing Rice punching his fiancée. As a result, the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice and the NFL announced that Rice is suspended indefinitely.
Rice appealed the suspension and is waiting for an answer. Even if the suspension is lifted, Rice’s value as a football player has diminished incredibly.
In the span of a few months, Ray Rice transformed from the starting running back on the 2013 Super Bowl championship team to the football player who assaulted his fiancée. Since the incident, the Baltimore Ravens have released Rice, who is now a free agent.
In a positive light, Ray Rice once said, “Sometimes in life, you will get knocked down.”
Despite the fact that Rice’s career is currently overshadowed by his controversy off the field, it wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if he returns to the NFL in the near future.