After video footage of Ray Rice dragging his unconscious fiancee through an elevator in Atlantic City made the rounds on the internet, his career became in serious jeopardy.
The public was only able to witness the last scene of the altercation between Rice and his new wife, but the video footage was very troubling. It was said that incidents unfolded in the elevator that escalated the situation, and theories from the woman spitting in the 27-year old’s face to slapping him were spread around the rumor mill.
That still does not excuse Rice if he did strike her, however, and many individuals thought that this could be the beginning of the end for the talented running back.
Rice has been one of the main reasons that the Baltimore Ravens have been in the playoff hunt for the last several seasons, but his down year in 2013 made many people begin to doubt his skills. He had his lowest rushing totals since his rookie year with 660 yards, and only scored four rushing touchdowns. Whether it was a hip injury early in the season, the line creating few holes or just the fact that Rice is getting older, 2013 was a season filled with many concerns.
After the Ravens failed to reach the playoffs this past season, the news that Rice was facing legal troubles because of his trip to Atlantic City began to push his doubters over the edge. The fact that he could face jail time or a suspension from the league caused many Rice skeptics to plead for Ozzie Newsome to select a running back in the 2014 NFL Draft.
The dual-threat back could still face some type of suspension from the league, but avoiding formal prosecution is a step in the right direction for his career. The pretrial intervention program that he applied for would most likely require Rice to complete an anger management program as well as place him on probation.
Hopefully this incident will allow him to become a better man, and help him regain his focus on a football career.