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Ray Rice’s Suspension Could be Lighter Than Expected

Lombardi's Way Ray Rice’s Suspension Could be Lighter Than Expected

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The first full-fledged practice of the Ravens 2014 training camp will get underway this morning at 8:30 and still there is no news about the expected suspension of Ray Rice from Roger Goodell’s office.

The absence of any announcement begs the question, “What is taking so long?”

Lately Goodell has opted to allow the judicial process to take the lead before issuing any fines and/or suspensions.

Rice’s case may be particularly tricky.

The NFL is keen on expanding its market, penetrating new demographics and they’ve done an outstanding job drawing in female fans. One only has to look around the league during the month of October to see playing fields splashed in pink.

Rice’s case flies in the face of this developing audience. If the commissioner hands out a punishment that activist groups consider too light, there could be a backlash and the league’s efforts to draw in women could be dealt a measurable setback.

If the Commish is too heavy-handed relative to the legal outcome of the case, the player’s union could be severely agitated.

The court of public opinion hasn’t been kind to Rice. Most believe there is damning video evidence stored on some highly guarded hard drive that would really send Rice’s Q-rating tumbling to new depths.

But if that’s the case, why would the court system allow Rice to enter into the Pretrial Intervention Program?

If Rice completes the PTI it will result in the dismissal of charges.

The conditions of the program read: “If a defendant successfully completes all the conditions of PTI, then the original charges are dismissed and there is no record of conviction.”

A successful completion would weigh heavily in Rice’s favor and could lighten the severity of the pending suspension – assuming there is one.

 

Jerrold Brotman, ESQ contributed to this article
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9 comments
JerryB
JerryB

Tony, we don't know what we don't know! Not having seen the video, everything has been speculative to this point, but the 2 game suspension just handed down, coupled with the PTI, Pretrial intervention Program, STRONGLY suggests the evidence was less damning than many assumed!

rocky mattioli
rocky mattioli

I think this is about what was suspected..the nfl isn`t in the business of hurting it`s own franchisee`s....and I doubt theres all that much interest in the case outside Baltimore(if you read ravens` fanboards,it certainly doesn`t seem like our fans gave a whit what rice did...they were more than happy to make excuses for him)....if there had been some sort of media pressure(as in the suspensions regarding anti-gay comments or the redskin name conrtroversy) the suspension may have been more severe..the media basically calls the shots and tries to shape public opinion...in ray`s case,there was little interest and I`m sure that was just fine with the nfl..... starting week 3,we`ll find out whether passing on every/any rb in the draft and taking another def tackle was or wasn`t the right move........

Mill
Mill

I dont think he is going to be suspended because I think she attacked him.

Vic
Vic

Tony, while logically your argument does hold water, I don't think Ray Rice gets a light sentence or no sentence at all. At the end of the day, the league will yield to public perception. Look no farther than Ben Roethlisberger's case. He was suspended for 6 which was reduced to 4 with no charges being filed! However, I do believe Ben was guilty (he just seems like that kinda guy and 3 girls at separate locations can't all be wrong). As much as I used to like Rice, this one act erased all of it unfortunately ( even accepting the premise that he was struck first and provoked). I do believe there will be a suspension of at least 4 games which will then be reduced to 2 (after appeal)... However, the fact that the couple is now married may ease the suspension somewhat. But, don't you think the marriage itself was self serving unto itself? The reason they married was so she couldn't be forced to testify against him right? At least that is what I think happened, but I am not fully certain.

JWS
JWS

THE LONGER GODDELL WAITS TWO THINGS BECOME VERY CLEAR. one, it appears to be a hard decsion how many game sto suspend rice and two this commissioner is not interested in the Ravens problems for their roster plans. This case is complicated because of Rice's past history of being a community and youth ledaer, his clean past and what he and his wife have accomplished since the incident. But it is past time for Goodell to hand down his ruling.It looks like one game now. No doubt Goodell knows game two is a national televised game with Pittsburgh that draws big TV ratings and Rice being on the roster is important !

Tony Lombardi
Tony Lombardi

Vic, Under New Jersey State Law one is not protected by the vow of marriage when it comes to legal testimony.

Mill
Mill

It is complicated because we dont know Rice's wife role in it all. Was it an unprovoked attack by Rice? That matters. If Rice had gone Ike Turner on her, he would have been suspended a long time ago bet on it. If she went Solange style on him in an enclosed space, like an elevator, he might actually have a claim of self defense. Which..... complicates the decision.

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