Chiefs WR Rashee Rice under investigation for assault after incident in Dallas nightclub: Reports

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Rashee Rice is under investigation by the Dallas Police Department for allegedly punching a photographer inside a Dallas nightclub Monday morning, according to a report by WFAA-TV.

The police interviewed witnesses about the alleged incident that occurred around 2 a.m. Monday at Lit Kitchen and Lounge in downtown Dallas, according to the report. Two police officers arrived at the nightclub at approximately 3:33 a.m. for a “major disturbance call,” according to the police incident report.

The 29-year-old man who was injured transported himself to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a police spokesperson told The Athletic. As of Friday night, the police had not filed any charges and no one had been arrested.

At approximately 1:30 a.m. Monday, the victim told police he was at the nightclub for an after-hours party, believing Rice wanted to hire him to take photographs of the event. At approximately 1:56 a.m., the victim, who had left the nightclub, told police Rice sent him an Instagram message asking him to return, according to the incident report. When the victim found Rice at the nightclub, he told police that Rice punched him on the left side of his face while he was looking at Instagram messages on Rice’s smartphone. While the rest of the report is redacted, the victim appeared to have a minor injury of swelling in his left jaw.

The Chiefs declined to comment on the situation Tuesday. Rice’s lawyer, Texas state Sen. Royce West, declined comment Friday.



What’s next for Rashee Rice: Investigation, charges and potential suspension

The Chiefs selected Rice in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft, moving up nine spots in a trade with the Detroit Lions to acquire him.

According to league sources, multiple teams had removed Rice from their draft boards after learning of an alleged incident he was involved in while a student at SMU. During the alleged incident, multiple bullets were fired into an empty car belonging to former SMU basketball player Kendric Davis during one of the school’s home games, according to league sources. Two teams gathered information that led them to conclude Rice believed Davis was involved with his girlfriend, according to league sources. The incident was never reported to SMU authorities.

Three teams, according to league sources, told The Athletic they took Rice off their draft board because of concerns about his character. Another team had Rice on their board, but that team’s evaluation of him included several flags that downgraded his value compared with other receiver prospects.

The Chiefs were aware of the alleged incident, according to a league source.

In late March, Rice was involved in a multi-vehicle crash in northeast Dallas, according to police. He was the driver of a Lamborghini sport utility vehicle that caused the crash, which created a chain-reaction collision involving four other vehicles, police said. Rice and Theodore Knox, who is a cornerback at SMU, fled the scene, according to police.

Rice, 24, is facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury. West confirmed that Rice turned himself in at the Glenn Heights Police Department in Texas. Records showed that Rice was booked at the Regional Jail in DeSoto. He was released on $40,000 bond.

Even if Rice isn’t convicted, or he agrees to a plea deal, he is likely to be suspended for multiple games in the upcoming season by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Through the collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association, the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell have broad disciplinary power. The league’s policy states that NFL players and employees are “held to a higher standard and must conduct ourselves in a way that is responsible, promotes the values of the NFL and is lawful.”

Regarding Rice’s incidents, the policy defines one violation as “conduct that poses a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another person.”

Rice and Knox, the driver of the Corvette involved in the collision, are being sued for $1 million by two crash victims. According to the lawsuit filed in Dallas County, Texas, Irina Gromova and Edvard Petrovskiy, who were in separate vehicles involved in the crash, suffered severe injuries. The injuries include “trauma to the brain, lacerations to the face requiring stitches, multiple contusions about the body, disfigurement, internal bleeding and other internal and external injuries that may only be fully revealed over the course of medical treatment.”

In an Instagram story posted on April 3, Rice said he takes “full responsibility” for his part in the crash.

“Today I met with Dallas PD investigators regarding Saturday’s accident. I take full responsibility for my part in this matter and will continue to cooperate with the necessary authorities,” he said. “I sincerely apologize to everyone impacted in Saturday’s accident.”

Less than a week after turning himself in to police, Rice returned to work. He joined his teammates last month for the start of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program. He participated in meetings via video conference that were led by coaches.

“Certainly, I’m very disappointed in the situation with Rashee and how that has unfolded,” Chiefs club owner Clark Hunt said two weeks ago. “It is an active legal case, so I can’t really comment on it further than that. He is still a member of the Kansas City Chiefs, and I think (coach) Andy (Reid) mentioned that we will just evaluate that as we go forward.”

Rice grew up in North Richland Hills, a suburb of Fort Worth, and played college football at SMU.

As a rookie, Rice emerged as the Chiefs’ top receiver last season, generating 79 receptions and 938 yards in 16 regular-season games. He added 262 yards and 26 receptions in four playoff games en route to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory.

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