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Chiefs’ Rashee Rice participates in offseason program less than week after turning himself in to police

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Less than a week after turning himself in to police in Texas, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice returned to work.

Rice joined his teammates Monday for the start of the Chiefs’ voluntary offseason program. He participated in meetings via video conference that were led by coaches.

“As we’ve done in the past, we’ll just wait for the law enforcement part of it to take place and then we’ll go from there,” coach Andy Reid said of Rice on Monday before team meetings began. “I have had an opportunity to talk to Rashee. I’m not going to obviously get into that. As long as he learned from it, that’s the important part of it.”

Late last month, 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, 23, is facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury. Rice’s lawyer, Texas state Sen. Royce West, confirmed to the Associated Press through a spokesperson Thursday night 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, according to multiple reports. He was released Thursday night on $40,000 bond. Additionally, he’s also facing a lawsuit filed by two victims of the crash.

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

The Chiefs will have their first voluntary offseason practice at their training facility on May 20. Reid said he wasn’t sure if Rice would be with his teammates that day.

“We’re just going to take it day by day,” Reid said. “We’ll just see how it goes. I want to keep gathering the information from the law enforcement people and see where everything goes from there.”

A couple weeks before the crash, Rice was in Fort Worth, Texas, training alongside quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Marquise Brown, the Chiefs’ newest veteran receiver.

“I’ve worked with Rashee throughout the offseason, just in general,” Mahomes said Monday. “I’m sure we’ll continue that work as the legal process plays out.”

Police also issued an arrest warrant for the 21-year-old driver of the Corvette, Theodore Knox, who is also facing one count of aggravated assault, one count of collision involving serious bodily injury and six counts of collision involving injury.

Knox, a cornerback at SMU, has been suspended from the team, per the AP. Knox’s lawyer, Deandra Grant, told the AP that Knox was cooperating with law enforcement. Rice and Knox ran from the scene, per police. When asked why Rice left the scene, West previously said that’s “a good question that’s still being investigated.”

Rice and Knox 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.”

Two other drivers involved in the crash were treated at the scene for minor injuries and two occupants of another vehicle were taken to the hospital with minor injuries. For those injured in the crash, Rice will “do everything in his power to bring their life back to as normal as possible,” West said last week.

Rice, 23, grew up in North Richland Hills, a suburb of Fort Worth, and played college football at SMU. The Chiefs drafted him in the second round in 2023 and he emerged as their top receiver last season.

Rice led all Chiefs receivers last season, recording 938 receiving yards and 79 receptions 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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