Legally speaking, Ray Rice has cleared his biggest hurdle.
The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported that Rice has been accepted into a pretrial diversion program, which will keep him out of jail in his assault case. Rice was arrested in February after allegedly striking his now-wife Janay Palmer.
Criminal case management clerk told me Ray Rice has been accepted into pretrial intervention program with Judge Michael Donio signing today— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 20, 2014
This means that Ray Rice will avoid jail time in his felony aggravated assault case— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 20, 2014
That's good news for Rice, for as long as he completes the program, he won't have the charge on his record anymore. However, he's still eligible for a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, though Joe Flacco is predicting that doesn't happen.