Ray Rice is still part of the Baltimore Ravens’ plans for the future, even after the running back was arrested for allegedly assaulting his fiancee.
The team’s general manager, Ozzie Newsome, met with head coach John Harbaugh after the team learned of Rice’s arrest early Saturday in Atlantic City.
After the meeting the two determined that Ray Rice would still remain part of the team.
“When I left my office 20 minutes ago, and John had probably been there 15 minutes before then, Ray Rice was still a big part of what we plan to do in 2014,” Newsome said, according to the Baltimore Sun.
He added that there were not enough details about the case yet to make a full judgment on the situation.
“I don’t know the situation,” Newsome said. “I’ve only gotten what has been written. I have not had a chance to talk to Ray. I have had a chance to talk to (director of team security) Darren (Sanders). I really don’t know that situation. With me, I get all the answers. Then that’s when we make decisions within this organization, once we get all the information we can get.”
But the meeting took place before dramatic video emerged appearing to show Rice drag his unconscious financee by the arms out of an elevator.
The video was shot shortly before both Rice and fiancee Janay Palmer were arrested for assault at the Revel Casino. The video shows Ray Rice attempting to lift a motionless Palmer. A man in a suit who appears to be talking into a security microphone then confronts Rice, who walks away as his fiancee regains consciousness.
Rice’s agent, Michael Diamondstein, said the video does not tell the entire story
“However, the video that’s being posted by TMZ Sports is not the complete event, but is merely the end result of what transpired,” he told TMZ.
Ray Rice has denied the allegations, with Diamondstein telling ESPN that it was just “a misunderstanding.”