A lawyer for Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice explained, in hypothetical terms, the February incident that got Rice arrested on assault charges.
Rice was arrested following an altercation he had with his fiancee Janay Palmer in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15 in which he struck her. They married later in the month.
The couple made their first public comments Friday at the Ravens' training complex since Rice's arrest.
Rice's lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, told New Jersey radio station WENJ-FM that Rice may have been defending himself.
"This is just a complete hypothetical," Diamondstein said. "Let's assume for the sake of argument, rather than enter into the pretrial diversionary program that he entered into, we hypothetically move forward on the case. And hypothetically we litigate 100 motions and the video comes out and the video shows -- hypothetically speaking now, hypothetically speaking -- shows that Ray wasn't the first person that hit and Ray was getting repeatedly hit but just Ray hit harder, fired one back and hit harder.
"Hypothetically speaking, and he gets found not guilty. Is that result somehow better? Is it better for the public? Is it better for the Ravens? Is it better for Ray? Is it better for Janay?"
Diamondstein also said the pretrial diversionary program worked out best for Rice because a trial may have portrayed Rice and his wife as adversaries, which the couple did not want.
"One thing that I think people need to remember is this wasn't an incident between Ray and some random person that he just met," Diamondstein said. "This was an incident between him and his wife, a woman he's loved for years and years, a woman he has a child with and a woman he's going to spend the rest of his life with. So it's not like a man of Ray's character is going to then bash his wife in the media and say: 'Well, she did this, so I did this, so I did this and she did this.' "
Rice avoided jail time but faces a possible suspension from the NFL because of the arrest.