Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City, N.J. for punching his baby mama so hard that she was knocked unconscious, according to reports.
Initially, it was reported that Rice was involved in a domestic dispute and arrested early Saturday morning at Revel, an entertainment resort in Atlantic City, N.J., in an incident that a tipster claims was more violent than his camp is letting on.
The Baltimore Sun broke the story that Rice had been arrested, charged, and released. His attorney, Andrew Alperstein, claimed that Rice’s fiancée had also been arrested in connection with the incident, which he described as a “very minor physical altercation.”
According to Deadspin, however, the story went deeper than that. Inside sources said that early Saturday morning was reported that a woman —presumably the fiancée — had spit on Rice and that in retaliation, he uppercut her with enough force to knock her completely unconscious.
The Atlantic City Police Department provided a report regarding the incident stating that Rice and his fiancée, Palmer, were each booked for simple assault:
On Saturday February 15, 2014 at 2:51am, Atlantic City Police responded to Revel Casino for a domestic dispute. Uniformed Officer Cuong Sam and Officer Bryon Hargis met Revel Security at the porte-cochere and both parties involved were involved in the incident. The male and female involved were identified as Raymell Rice and Janay A. Palmer. After reviewing surveillance footage, it appeared both parties were involved in a physical altercation. The complaint summons indicates that both Rich [sic] and Palmer struck each other with their hands. The responding officer signed a simple assault complaint against both Rice and Palmer.
Both Ms. Palmer and Mr. Rice refused any medical attention as no injuries were reported by either party. The couple were transported to the Atlantic City Police Department holding facility and charged with Simple Assault-Domestic Violence. They were both released on a summons to appear in court.