A day after he was indicted on charges of third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly knocking his fiancée unconscious, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer got married.
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith said Saturday he visited Rice and Palmer after Friday’s ceremony and they are “in a good place.”
“I went by yesterday after everything happened and checked up on them and they’re happy … they’re growing,” Smith said. “They’re trying to better themselves from it.”
Rice and Palmer, who police said were involved in a physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino Feb. 15, have been getting counseling and therapy, according to Ravens officials who have stayed in contact with the running back.
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They never broke off the engagement, though it was believed that they were initially planning to get married in the summer. It’s unclear what — if anything — resulted in the change of plans, though sources close to Rice believe the couple will celebrate their marriage with a gathering of family and friends in the summer.
Rice, 27, learned Thursday he would face a more serious charge after prosecutors in Atlantic County, N.J., reviewed the case and then presented it to a grand jury, which handed up the indictment. Third-degree aggravated assault can result in a prison sentence of three to five years.
Both Rice and Palmer were initially charged with simple assault. The charge against Palmer, 26, has been dismissed.
PHILADELPHIA — DeSean Jackson’s search for a new team will begin Monday, when the former Eagles receiver is scheduled to visit the Washington Redskins, according to a league source.
At least nine teams have expressed interest in Jackson, according to the source. Jackson was released by the Eagles on Friday after the team became concerned about his off-field behavior and believed it could no longer trade the three-time Pro Bowler.
Other reported suitors include the Kansas City Chiefs and Jackson’s former coach, Andy Reid.
The Redskins have about $6.9 million in salary-cap space.