The NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games under the personal conduct policy for an altercation that left his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February.
Rice will miss games against two AFC North rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, before he's eligible to be reinstated Sept. 12. He'll lose a third game check.
"It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that's my fault," Rice said in a statement release by the Ravens.
"As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.
"My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident. I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that."
Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome deemed the ruling "fair" in a statement, adding: "That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again."
Rice, a three-time Pro Bowler and standout during Baltimore's run to the Super Bowl title in the 2012 season, is among five Ravens who have been arrested this offseason. In mid-June, he met in New York with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Ravens' Ray Rice suspended two games by NFL
So pot smoking gets you four games, but spousal abuse only gets two?
I know....she spoke up for him. Dont most abused speak up for their abuser?
What kind of message does this send to our kids? Go ahead and smack around your girlfriend or spouse....no big deal. At least to the NFL
There is a video of him dragging her out of the elevator in February, and she was unconscious.....
I am just now hoping that the video of him actually pummeling her gets aired....maybe just maybe that will be enough to change the commissioners mind
And as an aside.....ESPN you must fire Stephen A Smith for his comments on air about this on Saturday
Summarizing his point of view, "well i guess you ladies need to keep from pissing those dudes off"