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Baltimore Ravens say they will stand by Ray Rice despite assault charge

Baltimore Ravens will stand by Ray Rice after assault chargeRay Rice has spent his entire six-year career with the Baltimore Ravens. (John Grieshop/Getty Images)

What happened between Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancée, now wife Janay Palmer at an Atlantic City casino remains unknown.

Outside of some grainy hotel footage that appeared to show Rice with an unconscious Palmer at the Revel Casino, the two sides have been extremely quiet about the events that occurred that evening. Both were initially charged with simple assault, however Rice's charges were eventually elevated.

Since that time the two married and Rice entered a treatment program that will allow him to avoid trial.

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Within the Ravens organization, Rice's track record speaks for itself, says president Dick Cass, who believes that a poor decision shouldn't shape public opinion about the Pro Bowl talent.

“I’m hoping that when people look at Ray as a person, they will not judge him by this one incident. I always like to say, we have the advantage of knowing Ray. We’ve been with him and known him so well for six years. I think we know what kind of person he is, and I don’t think this incident represents the type of person that he is, and I’m hoping our fans will give him a chance. And I think they will.”

While Rice has maintained a relatively clean record during his time in the NFL and is among the Ravens' leaders in the community, many believe the incident will earn him a suspension from the league office.
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