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Ravens’ Rice suspended 2 games

Ravens’ Rice suspended 2 games

RAY RICE:Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) is tackled by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark (25) during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at M&T Bank Stadium. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Baltimore Ravens’ Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice has been suspended by the National Football League without pay for the first two games of the 2014 regular season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Rice has also been fined an additional game check for “conduct detrimental to the NFL” for his arrest in February following a fight he had with his then-fianceé.

An anti-bullying advocate and three-time Pro Bowl pick, Rice was accepted into a pre-trial intervention program in May, thus avoiding jail time.

“The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement on Thursday.

“This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women. I believe that you are sincere in your desire to learn from this matter and move forward toward a healthy relationship and successful career.”

Police arrested Rice and Janay Palmer, who was then his fiancée on Feb. 15 at an Atlantic City casino.

Surveillance recordings showed them hitting each other in the casino elevator, and Rice knocking Palmer unconscious, police said. The couple was married the day after a New Jersey grand jury indicted Rice in March.

Rice signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Ravens in 2012 and helped Baltimore to a Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers at the end of that season.

(Reporting by Mark Lamport-Stokes in Los Angeles; Editing by Steve Keating)

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