The prosecutor in the Ray Rice assault case spoke about his decision to allow the running back into a pre-trial intervention (PTI) program, telling the Press of Atlantic City on Wednesday that the choice was either PTI or probation and not "PTI versus five years state prison."
Rice, 27, initially received a two-game ban from the league this summer after he pleaded not guilty in May to one count of third-degree aggravated assault. In February, Rice had reportedly assaulted his then-fiancée in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. The two have since married.
The Baltimore Ravens recently cut Rice after TMZ released video showing him striking his fiancée. The NFL then suspended him indefinitely from the league. The league denies ever receiving footage of the video.
On Wednesday, the prosecutor in the case, Jim McClain, said the choice was PTI or probation given the parameters of the case. He said he took into consideration factors such as Rice's previous criminal record and decided that PTI was the decision he felt comfortable allowing:
“Even if they disagree with why I did what I did, I just want people to know the decision was made after careful consideration of the law, careful consideration of the of facts, hearing the voice of the victim and considering all the parameters,” he said of why he chose to speak out. “I want people to have confidence in this agency, even if they don’t agree with everything we do.”
- Marc Weinreich