Ravens Cornerback Cited, Released by Police in Towson
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TOWSON, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation Saturday night for failing to follow an officer’s orders.
The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman had reportedly passed out in the bathroom.
Police arrived to the Green Turtle located in the 400 block of York Road and found the woman vomiting into a sink in the bathroom. Police say Smith was with her – reportedly holding the woman so that she did not fall – and refused to obey an officer’s repeated orders to leave the bathroom.
Smith, 25, was cited late Saturday at a police precinct in Towson and then released.
A Ravens spokesman said Sunday that the team is “gathering information” on the incident.
Four other Ravens had encounters with the law this offseason. Running back Ray Rice was arrested for felony assault; offensive lineman Jah Reid was cited for felony aggravated assault; wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for felony possession of marijuana; and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property.
Rice and Reid were accepted into a pretrial diversion program. Thompson had the charges dropped. Taliaferro has a court date scheduled for later this month.
Smith started all 16 games for the Ravens last season. He had 58 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles in his third NFL season.
A first-round pick in 2011, Smith was a key contributor to Baltimore’s Super Bowl win in February 2013. He had three tackles and knocked away a pass during the Ravens’ goal-line stand in the closing minutes of a 34-31 victory over San Francisco.