Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Janay Palmer were married Friday, one day after Rice was indicted by a grand jury on third-degree aggravated assault for allegedly striking Palmer unconscious, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The ceremony had been planned for a couple of weeks, according to sources.
Rice was arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence on Feb. 15 following a physical altercation with his then-fiancée at the Revel Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.
Palmer also was charged with simple assault.
Rice’s aggravated assault charge carries a three-to-five-year sentence. Prosecutors say that the complaint against Palmer has been dismissed.
A video obtained and posted online by TMZ showed Rice lifting Palmer by her arms out of an elevator and laying her on the floor. Rice’s attorney, Michael Diamondstein, has said the footage is authentic but incomplete.
“I have been advised by the prosecutor’s office that an indictment has been returned,” Diamondstein told ESPN on Thursday afternoon. “And again, we deny that he committed an aggravated assault. We don’t think the law would support that [he did]. And we just ask the public to reserve judgment until all of the facts are out.”
Buffalo Bills linebacker Brandon Spikes took to Twitter on Saturday to weight in on Rice, claiming that the marriage was the running back’s attempt “to save his image.”
Spikes, who spent the past four seasons with the New England Patriots, went on to post a serious of critical tweets about Rice, even suggesting that “someone should choke him out.”
The Ravens released a statement Thursday that read: “This is part of the due process for Ray. We know there is more to Ray Rice than this one incident.”
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Information from ESPN.com Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan and The Associated Press was used in this report.