RAVENS’ Ray Rice & Fiancée Involved in Alleged Domestic Violence Dispute + Witness Claims Punching, Spitting & Hospitalization

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The details are fuzzy, but an unfortunate altercation between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) and his fiancee, Janay Palmer (26), went down this weekend.

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Ray Rice, Fiancee Janay Palmer, Daughter Lyric

Reportedly, the two had some type of fight early Saturday morning, at Atlantic City’s Revel Casino. According a statement from the Atlantic City Police Department, Casino security called officers to the Revel Casino after a domestic dispute was recorded by video surveillance. Reportedly, footage showed both parties involved in a physical altercation. The statement read:

The complaint summons indicates that both Rice and Palmer struck each other with their hands.

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Both refused medical attention and did not report any injuries and were charged with simple assault-domestic violence and were released on a summons to appear in court. Chad Steele, the Ravens’ director of public relations released the following statement:

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.

Deadspin paints a different story, reporting:

According to our tipster, though, word at the Revel early Saturday morning was that a woman—presumably the fiancée—had spit on Rice and that in retaliation, he uppercut her, knocking her completely unconscious.

A Deadspin witness also claims that he saw Ray punch and drag Janay.

A witness who saw the altercation at Revel claimed that Rice hit Palmer “like he punched a guy, knocked down and dragged her out of the elevator by his feet” before security arrived. The witness characterized the dispute as more than a “minor incident.”

Yikes. Rumor has it, Ray and his fiancee have been dating since 2008. The two have a daughter, named Lyric. Ray signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Ravens in 2012, has also been one of the organization’s most active players in the community.

[Baltimore Sun, Deadspin]

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