Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice will serve a two game suspension, handed down by the NFL for his off-season issues resulting in an arrest for assault.  Rice allegedly hit his fiancée, now wife in February at a casino in New Jersey. He will miss the first two weeks of the 2014 season, costing him $529,411.24 which included fines (two games checks 2014 and one 2013).

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement released by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.

“My goal is to earn back the trust of the people, especially the children, I let down because of this incident,” Rice said. “I am a role model and I take that responsibility seriously. My actions going forward will show that.”

Rice is eligible to return to the Ravens on September 12