Rashee Rice assault investigation: Chiefs WR is under scrutiny for allegedly hitting photographer, per report

Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice’s troubling offseason appears to be nowhere close to an end.

Just a month after the 24-year-old turned himself in on eight felony charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash in Dallas, Rice is reportedly facing another police investigation that could further complicate his future on the field.

The Chiefs are already bracing for a potential suspension of Rice as a result of the crash, which occurred in late March.

Here are the details on the latest police investigation into Rice.

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Rashee Rice police investigation

Rice is under investigation for allegedly assaulting a photographer at a Dallas nightclub, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported Tuesday. The incident occurred early Monday at the Lit Kitchen club.

While there aren’t any more reported details as of Tuesday afternoon, the incident marks Rice’s second potential run-in with the law in Dallas this spring. Rice was born in Philadelphia but went to high school in the Dallas area and stayed in the region for his college football career at SMU. 

The second-year Chiefs wide receiver is already facing eight charges stemming from a hit-and-run crash in late March — six counts of collision involving bodily injury as well as one count of aggravated assault and one count of collision involving serious bodily injury.

Will Rashee Rice be suspended?

Rice could face a suspension under the NFL’s personal conduct policy as a result of March’s hit-and-run crash.

The Chiefs have prepared themselves well if Rice faces a lengthy suspension. Kansas City added to a thin wide receiving corps by signing Marquise Brown to a one-year deal in free agency, and the Chiefs filled out the room by selecting Texas speedster Xavier Worthy with their first-round pick in April’s draft. 

Rice would still be an integral part of Kansas City’s offense when on the field. He came on strong late in his rookie season as one of the few pass-catchers Patrick Mahomes seemed to fully trust, and he also has a bit of a different skillset than Brown and Worthy, who both have smaller frames and rely on their speed. Rice has a larger frame and didn’t look one-dimensional at all in 2023.

The Chiefs have Mahomes, which puts them in a strong position regardless of who’s catching the ball. Still, Rice’s availability could be significantly impacted if he faces additional charges in this separate case.

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Rashee Rice stats

Season Games Rec Yards TD Y/R
2023 16 79 938 7 11.9

Rice racked up 938 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, finishing second among rookies in receiving yards behind only Rams record-setter Puka Nacua. 

The SMU product became more trusted by Mahomes as the season went on, hauling in at least six catches in five of his last six regular season games. Rice earned double-digit targets in three of his final six games and remained a major part of the Chiefs’ offense in the playoffs with 262 yards and a touchdown over four games.

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