Baltimore Ravens running back and New Rochelle High School alum Ray Rice was arrested over the weekend along with his fiancee after the two allegedly fought at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J., police said.
Police were summoned by Revel Casino security at 2:51 a.m. Saturday. Surveillance footage from the casino appears to show Rice and his fiancee, Janay Palmer, striking each other with their hands, police said in a news release.
The couple refused medical attention and did not report any injuries, police said.
Rice, 27, and Palmer, 26, were taken to a police department holding facility and each charged with simple assault-domestic violence. They each were released on a summons to appear in court at a future date.
The Baltimore Sun reported that lawyer Michael Diamondstein, a Philadelphia-based attorney, has been hired to represent the Super Bowl winner.
“Once we’re able to go through the evidence, it should wind up to be little more than a misunderstanding,” Diamondstein told the newspaper.
Rice, a New Rochelle native who was raised in a city housing project, was drafted out of Rutgers in 2008. He and Palmer, who is from Mount Vernon, met when they were teenagers and have a daughter together named Rayven, according to an interview Palmer gave to a blog, Cierra’s Calle.
He has made three Pro Bowls, rushing for 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns over six NFL seasons.
The Ravens won the Super Bowl in February 2013, defeating the San Francisco 49ers. Rice was feted with a packed rally outside New Rochelle City Hall following the game.
“There was a time of my life where, everybody has it, I was headed down the wrong path, but the City of New Rochelle grabbed me,” Rice told reporters before the Super Bowl victory rally. “Lord knows, if I didn’t get grabbed by good people, that I would have been somewhere where I wouldn’t want to be.”
The running back has continued to give back to his hometown, notably with the annual Ray Rice Day in the spring, a clinic at New Rochelle High School where students and community members can run drills and race against him and interact with other NFL players. He has also been a supporter of anti-bullying initiatives.
The Sun noted that Rice is coming off his most disappointing season as a professional. He was held to 660 rushing yards and four touchdowns this past season as the Ravens missed the playoffs for the first time since he’s been on the team. Rice signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Ravens in July 2012.
Said Ravens director of public relations Chad Steele: “We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee. We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained.”