Ray Rice’s attorney “hypothetically” explains case
Ray Rice’s attorney has started taking hypothetical jabs at Rice’s real wife.
Days after a bizarre press conference where Rice and his wife, Janay Palmer, both apologized for an incident in an Atlantic City casino elevator in February that left Palmer unconscious (allegedly at the hands of Rice), Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, implied there was more to the case than meets the eye.
The Ravens running back was charged with third-degree aggravated assault for the incident, but was accepted into a one-year intervention program for first-time offenders that will scrub the charge from his record and allow him to avoid a trial.
Rice and the Ravens received criticism for Friday’s press conference, where Palmer apologized for “the role I played in the incident” – an incident where many perceive her to be the victim. But according to Diamondstein, that may not be the case.
This is just a complete hypothetical,” Diamondstein told WENJ-FM in New Jersey. “Let’s assume for the sake of argument, rather than enter into the pretrial diversionary program that he entered into, we hypothetically move forward on the case. And hypothetically we litigate 100 motions and the video comes out and the video shows — hypothetically speaking now, hypothetically speaking — shows that Ray wasn’t the first person that hit and Ray was getting repeatedly hit but just Ray hit harder, fired one back and hit harder. Hypothetically speaking, and he gets found not guilty. Is that result somehow better? Is it better for the public? Is it better for the Ravens? Is it better for Ray? Is it better for Janay?”
The implication seems to be that Palmer attacked Rice first, in a scene that occurred before security cameras caught Rice dragging an unconscious Palmer out of the elevator, and that Rice would actually have won his case had it gone to trial. Prosecutors say they offered Rice a plea deal in May, but Rice and Diamondstein rejected the offer, stating they would fight the case if Rice was not accepted into the intervention program.
Diamondstein indicated he and Rice sought the diversionary program to avoid turning Rice and Palmer into adversaries.
This was an incident between him and his wife, a woman he’s loved for years and years, a woman he has a child with and a woman he’s going to spend the rest of his life with. So it’s not like a man of Ray’s character is going to then bash his wife in the media and say: ‘Well, she did this, so I did this, so I did this and she did this.'”
So while Rice did not want to publicly snipe at his wife, it seems his attorney has no qualms about doing so. (Hypothetically, of course)
Regardless of the veracity of Diamondstein’s (hypothetical) claims, his words may rub some the wrong way coming on the heels of Rice’s press conference, during which he took no questions but did state,
Sometimes in life, you will get knocked down…I won’t call myself a failure. Failure is not getting knocked down. It’s not getting up.”
Palmer was also charged with simple assault stemming from the incident, but her charges were dropped. Rice and Palmer were married on March 28, just over a month after the incident.
The NFL has not announced what type of disciplinary action, if any, will be levied against Rice.