Ray Rice pleads not guilty on assault charges

Ray Rice

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.

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