Baltimore Ravens' Ray Rice could be in deep legal trouble. According to ESPN, the running back has been indicted by a grand jury on Thursday on a charge of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking his fiancée unconscious last month.
Rice was arrested on February 15th after an altercation at a casino last month. At the time RIce's representatives said it was a minor scuffle at the two went home together happily.
CCTV footage emerged however that suggested something much more severe. On the video you can clearly see Rice dragging his unconscious fiance out of an elevator.
Rice signed a five-year contract with the Ravens before the 2012 season and it is fitting because it is also how long he could face in prison if found guilty in a court of law.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed that the league was monitoring the issue and confirmed that potential disciplinary action could be handed down to the former Rutgers man.
"The answer to that is yes," Goodell said. "And I don't know on the second part. We will let the facts dictate that."
Rice was one of three Baltimore players arrested in a 22 day period at the start of the year. Wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for marijuana possession and offensive lineman Jah Reid was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of battery.
Rice's attorney Michael Diamondstein is reported to have told the Press of Atlantic City that neither Rice nor his fiancee Janay Palmer wants to move forward with the case and they are still together.