The Ravens have announced that running back Ray Rice and his wife, Jenay Palmer, will hold a press conference Friday. It will be the first time Rice has spoken publicly to the media since he faced felony assault charges stemming from a February incident involving Palmer at an Atlantic City casino.
On Tuesday, Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program, which means he will avoid jail time.
But Rice, who appeared to be dragging an unconscious Palmer out of an elevator based on hotel surveillance footage, could still face discipline from the league.
"I think the problem that Ray Rice has is the video and that created such a public outrage," Atlanta lawyer David Cornwell, a former NFL counsel who has represented Ben Roethlisberger, Donte' Stallworth and New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, told the Baltimore Sun earlier this month. "He has no other prior incidents and, all things being equal, he probably would be looking at a fine from the NFL under normal circumstances. The video makes it a little more complicated.
“That's what could get it out of the fine range and into a suspension because the league will respond to the unique aspect of the video and the fact that there's a female involved. Those are complicating factors. The NFL has ignored plea bargains and things of that nature in the past."
Meanwhile, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said this week that he doesn't think Rice will be suspended.
"I don't foresee anything crazy happening with that," Flacco said Monday. "I'm expecting to have him [for the entire season]."