Janay Palmer, 25, is the wife of Baltimore Ravens star running back Ray Rice. The couple are making headlines after they were both arrested and charged after a physical altercation at a resort in Atlantic City, reports The Baltimore Sun. On March 27, Ray Rice was indicted on charges of aggravated assault relating to the incident. On May 23, Rice and Palmer held a joint press conference where the apologized for the incident, Palmer said sorry for “the role [she] played in the incident that night.” Rice has been able to strike a deal with prosecutors where his 3rd degree assault charge will be dropped if he completes a pretrial intervention program.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. It’s Been Referred to as a ‘Minor Physical’ Altercation
The Sun reports indicates that exact details about the physical altercation are unclear. Rice, 27, was “released on his own recognizance” according to The Sun. It has been referred to as a “very minor physical altercation.” The Ravens released a statement saying:
We are aware of the Friday night situation with Ray Rice and his fiancee. We have spoken with Ray, and know that they returned home together after being detained.
Other reports say that Rice was with a group of people at the Royal Jelly Burlesque Nightclub, which is part of the Revel Casino complex. The casino’s director of operations, Scott Russo, told The Baltimore Sun, “When he was here, they were have a great time – no issues. We took care of him like we do any of the celebrities that come in.”
Rice and Palmer transported to Atlantic City police department. Both released on summons to appear in court
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) February 17, 2014
Rice’s lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, told the media, “We haven’t seen any charging documents yet. There was an argument that included Ray. I can’t give any specifics because we haven’t seen the document yet. Once we’re able to go through the evidence, it should wind up to little more than a misunderstanding.”
2. It’s Not the First Brush With the Law That Palmer Has Had
In August 2010, Palmer was arrested, accused of stealing a $1,000 dress from a mall in Baltimore. She was found guilty and given probation on top of a $400 fine. She said at the time:
I immediately started bawling. I didn’t want people to think I was a thief. I thank them because I’ve learned to grow thicker skin.
I’m just happy that Ray and I have a good foundation. We’ve been through a lot, and we trust each other, so as long as were on the same page, the media has little relevance in our life.
3. Her Graduation Was Gift From Rice Was an Engagement Ring
She’s a graduate of Towson University in Baltimore, Palmer majored in Communications. Her graduation gift from Rice was an engagement ring and a new car. “I almost passed out when he told me the car was mine. I’m just happy I decided to be nice that day instead of letting him get his own wallet,” she said at the time. The couple were married in March 2014.
4. They Had Their First Date at the Cheesecake Factory
The couple have one daughter, Rayven, who was born in February 2012. They are also high school sweethearts meeting when they were 16-years old. Rice is originally from New Rochelle, New York and Palmer is from nearby Mount Vernon. The couple had their first date at the Cheesecake Factory where Palmer says, “I was so nervous, I didn’t even eat dinner. I just ate a slice of cheesecake.”
It was love at first sight, Happy Bday to my princess!! pic.twitter.com/Q7UPPnEG30
— Ray Rice (@RayRice27) January 30, 2014
5. She’s Got Sporting Prowess in Her Blood Too
Her sister, Taylor, is a basketball star at West Virginia University.