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Ray Rice, fiancee arrested after alleged altercation at casino

Ray Rice and his fiancee with daughter Rayven last spring. (Patrick Semansky / AP) Ray Rice and his fiancee with daughter Rayven last spring. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

Both Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back, and his fiancee were arrested after an altercation early Saturday morning at a casino in Atlantic City.

Rice, 27, and Janay Palmer, 26, were charged with domestic violence-simple assault and were released with a summons. “After reviewing surveillance footage it appeared both parties were involved in a physical altercation,” a police statement said. “The complaint summons indicates that both [Rice] and Palmer struck each other with their hands. The responding officer signed a simple assault complaint against both Rice and Palmer.”

Police said that both “refused any medical attention” and were “transported to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility and charged.”

Andrew Alperstein, an attorney for Rice, called the incident at the Revel Casino “a very minor physical altercation,” according to the Baltimore Sun.

Michael Diamondstein, a Philadelphia attorney hired to represent Rice, told the Sun: “There was an argument that included Ray. I can’t give any specifics because we haven’t seen the document yet.”

Rice, who signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season, had a poor 2013, rushing for just 660 yards.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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