Ray Rice’s now-infamous elevator punch triggered the start of a terrible year of PR for the NFL.
An Atlantic City judge has dropped the domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, who infamously punched his then-fiancee, now-wife Janay Rice on camera in a hotel elevator.
Sports Illustrated reported that Judge Michael Donio told ABC News that he would sign Rice’s dismissal order on Thursday as soon as Rice completed his “pre-trial diversion program.”
Rice had been charged with third-degree aggravated assault for hitting Janay in an Atlantic City hotel-casino elevator in February 2014 – an event which was caught on videotape to the horror of the viewing world. Rice was accepted into a diversion program for first-time offenders that would allows the charges to be dismissed upon completion.
In the immediate aftermath of the February incident, Rice was suspended for two games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But after the tape was made public in September – just a few days before Rice was scheduled to be re-instated – the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice and the NFL changed Rice’s suspension to indefinite. Rice later won a grievance claim against the Ravens but has not been signed by an NFL team since then.
Rice was a a three-time Pro Bowler wish 6,180 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns in six NFL years with the Ravens.