Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault Thursday morning in Mays Landing, N.J, reports Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com.
Rice also applied for a pretrial intervention program on Thursday which permits certain defendants (particularly first-time ones) to avoid formal prosecution.
If Rice is not approved for the program, his next court date is scheduled for May 29. Prosecutors have offered a plea agreement in which Rice would receive probation with no jail time and undergo anger management counseling.
Rice was charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 after a physical altercation with his then-fiancée, Janay Palmer, at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.
Rice married Palmer one day after a grand jury indicted him in late March for allegedly striking Palmer.
“We’ll deal with Ray [Rice] when that time comes,” General Manager Ozzie Newsome said Wednesday.