Monday July 28th, 2014

Ray Rice has decided not to appeal his two-game suspension and fine stemming from an offseason domestic violence incident, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN. 

The Baltimore Ravens running back had a three-day window to put forth an appeal after the penalty was announced on Thursday.

Rice was indicted on aggravated assault charges in March after security footage at an Atlantic City casino showed him dragging his then-fiancee Janay Palmer, who was unconscious, out of an elevator. The two are now married. 

Rice apologized for the incident at a press conference in May. In June, he was approved to enter a pretrial intervention program that could lead to his charges being dismissed. 

His two-game suspension has drawn criticism, with many saying the penalty handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was too lenient. 

More: King: Why Rice only got a two-game suspension

Rice's suspension begins on Aug. 30 and runs through Sept. 12. 

- Molly Geary

 

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