Ray Rice Will Not Face Domestic Violence Charges

New Jersey judge lets NFL running back walk after completion of pretrial intervention program

Last Updated: May 21, 2015 @ 8:48 AM

Ray Rice will not face any criminal charges stemming from that notorious domestic violence incident in Atlantic City in February 2014, according to multiple reports.

New Jersey Judge Michael A. Donio signed an order dismissing all the charges against the former Baltimore Ravens running back after he completed a pretrial intervention program.

The program involved Rice attending anger management classes and performing regular check-ins with his probation officer for one year.

Rice was caught on surveillance footage in an elevator of an Atlantic City casino with his then fiancee (now wife) Jenny Palmer. The two were engaged in an argument when Rice punched Palmer in the face, knocking her out, then dragged her by her head out of the elevator and down a hallway.

Rice was initially suspended for two games by the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. After more video of the incident surfaced and a media firestorm ensued, Rice, 27, was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL on Sept. 8.

Rice’s suspension was lifted in November and he is currently a free agent who has expressed his hopes to play in the NFL again, if given the chance. “I don’t want my career to be defined by this one moment,” he said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun in February. “I really want to get back out there for my pride and to be able to leave the game with dignity.”

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