The NFL is expected to finally announce a two-game suspension for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, for his involvement in a casino elevator incident back in February with his then-fiancee. Since then, the two have married, while Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.
According to sources, Rice will also be fined $58,000 on top of the two-game unpaid suspension and will be mandated by the NFL to take counseling. Rice also will be subject to further discipline if he commits any further violations, according to the source. Although Rice was not convicted of a crime, the NFL is still within its right to fine or suspend a player even if he is neither charged nor convicted, under the league’s personal conduct policy.
If the suspension stands – and rumors are swirling that Rice plans to appeal – the Ravens would be without their No. 1 RB for games against the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers to begin the upcoming season. While Rice appeared to be a shell of his former self last season, missing him for two divisional games to start the season would certainly put the Ravens in a difficult position.
Of course, it is Rice’s fault that he put himself and the team in this position in the first place.