Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that could enable him to avoid prosecution in an alleged assault of his wife.
If Rice completes the diversion program, a third-degree charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury would be dismissed, leaving the arrest on his record but no conviction.
The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office approved the motion on Monday and Superior Court Judge Michael Donio confirmed it on Tuesday.
Rice and Janay Palmer were charged with simple assault on Feb. 15 during an incident at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Palmer, who was Rice's fiancee at the time but now his wife, was knocked unconscious during an altercation. Video obtained by TMZ showed Rice moving Palmer from an elevator.
The 27-year-old Rice was indicted on March 27, but the charge against Palmer was dropped. The two married on March 28. Palmer has remained supportive of her husband.
"This decision was arrived at after careful consideration of the information contained in Mr. Rice's application in light of all of the facts gathered during the investigation," acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain said. "After considering all relevant information in light of applicable law, it was determined that this was the appropriate disposition."
Rice's attorney, Michael Diamondstein, said his client was satisfied with the outcome.
"We agree with the prosecutors and the court that, as a matter of law, placing Mr. Rice in PTI was the correct decision," Diamondstein said. "We were concerned that Mr. Rice would be treated more harshly because of his celebrity status. We are thankful that he was not. We are thankful that he was given the same treatment as anyone else in a similar situation."
No details were given on Rice's pretrial intervention requirements, which can extend from six months to four years.
Rice is coming off a subpar 2013 season that saw his rush for only 660 yards on 214 carries after four consecutive seasons of more than 1,100 yards on the ground.