Why Was Ray Price Arrested?


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Ray Price, former running back for the Baltimore Ravens, was arrested on February 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, with his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, on simple assault charges. That evening at the Revel Casino, the couple engaged in an argument that became physical leading to their arrest. CBSNews.com reports that there were no injuries. Time.com reports that TMZ.com, a celebrity gossip and entertainment news site, released a video showing Price dragging a seemingly unconscious Palmer from an elevator.

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In March 2014, charges against Ray Price were upgraded from simple assault to aggravated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. The following day, Price and Palmer were married. In May 2014, Price accepted a deal and agreed to attend a 12-month program focusing on rehabilitation. This deal enabled him to avoid jail time and kept the incident off of his record. In July 2014, the Baltimore Ravens announced that Price would receive a two-game suspension.

In September 2014, the NFL received additional footage of the TMZ video that showed Price punching Palmer in the face. At that time, the NFL, in a unanimous decision, suspended Price from the NFL indefinitely. After Price appealed the suspension on the grounds of being suspended twice for the same incident, the NFL reinstated him in November 2014. As of November 2015, Price is a free agent.

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