What happens to men who get caught on camera assaulting their lady loves in an elevator? Well, if you're an NFL star, NOTHING!
That sad fact is the reality for one football player in New Jersey this week.
Ray Rice, the gridiron grinch who brutally beat his then-girlfriend - and now wife, the former Janay Palmer - last year in an elevator is getting a clean slate. WHAT?!
In Atlantic City on Thursday, Judge Michael A. Donio dismissed all domestic violence charges against Rice by signing an order acknowledging the running back had successfully completed a pretrial intervention program.
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The program required Rice to undergo anger management counseling while checking in with a probation officer over the past twelve months. By completing it, Rice avoided prosecution on third-degree aggravated assault charges, and now has a clean legal slate moving forward, something he spoke to reporters about back in February:
"This year has gone by really fast. It's been a year since the incident. Once May comes, I'll be moving into my new house and I'll sort of feel like a free man by then. You're back to a fresh slate."
A free man without ever serving jail time after knocking someone out?! Huh…
Rice may be a free man in the legal system's eyes, but at least in the world of the NFL, he's still an unemployed former running back.
After initially being suspended by football commissioner Roger Goodell for a meager two games after the scary assault, the security camera footage leaked and forced Goodell's hand, landing Rice an indefinite suspension. Recently, though, an arbitrator ruled the indefinite suspension was too arbitrary, and reinstated the former Baltimore Ravens player, who is now eligible to sign with any team.
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However, Rice has yet to find an organization that wants him on their squad.
[Image via AP Images.]
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