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NFL to review Ray Rice incident as video surfaces


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The NFL will review the recent arrest and charge of simple assault-domestic violence against Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice as more details emerged about the incident at an Atlantic City casino last weekend.

Rice’s attorney called the altercation involving Janay Palmer at Revel Casino “a very minor physical altercation,” but on Wednesday TMZ posted a video that shows Rice dragging Palmer, who appears to be unconscious, out of an elevator and dropping her onto the ground. As she seems to regain consciousness, a security guard approaches. Both Rice and Palmer were arrested and both refused medical attention. According to a police statement, Rice and his fiancee “struck each other with their hands.”

Under the NFL’s personal-conduct policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell has the power to discipline players — whether they’ve been convicted or not — and the league will look into this incident, the Baltimore Sun reports.

On Tuesday, the Sun reported that Coach John Harbaugh had spoken with Rice, but that General Manager Ozzie Newsome had not yet done so. At a press conference to announce Terrell Suggs’ contract extension, Newsome said Rice’s status with the team had not changed. “When I left my office 20 minutes ago, and John had probably been there 15 minutes before then, Ray Rice was still a big part of what we plan to do in 2014,” Newsome said.

Rice signed a five-year, $35-million deal after his 2012 season, but had a disappointing 2013.

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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