BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A string of Baltimore Ravens players are arrested in the offseason. And just this weekend, another drunken incident is caught on tape. Now the head coach is laying down the law.
Meghan McCorkell explains.
Coach Harbaugh says he is very concerned about some of the things that happened in the offseason. Now he’s issued a warning to players.
“Very concerned. Always concerned. We talk to those guys all the time, and I’m disappointed in some of the silliness going on,” Harbaugh said.
Ravens players behaving badly. TMZ video shows Ravens stars Jacoby Jones, Bernard Pearce and Jimmy Smith allegedly kicked out of an Ocean City bar for being too drunk.
Now Coach Harbaugh is firing back at his team’s off-field antics.
“At some point in time, your mistakes begin to impact us in a negative way. And when the negativity overbalances your ability to help our football team, you’re not going to be here anymore,” he said. “Or if we can’t trust your character anymore.”
As for the player perspective, quarerback Joe Flacco tells WJZ he doesn’t believe the Ravens have an ongoing problem with bad behavior.
“The guys are good guys. They’ve probably been in the wrong situation. Drinking is probably never a great thing or a great idea,” said Flacco. “It’s something that teams have to deal with, and the biggest thing is to support those guys and help them through the situation.”
Last week, running back Ray Rice apologized after police say he knocked his wife unconscious at an Atlantic City casino.
“They just really need to be careful about what they do and who they’re hanging out with and how they’re acting in public,” said Chris Daley, Maroon PR.
Daley says, with cameras everywhere, players need to be wary of making national headlines.
“If these incidents do keep happening over and over, sponsors might think twice, season ticket holders might think twice,” he said.
“I’m concerned. Very concerned. I’m a little hesitant to buy tickets for next season,” said Justin Gupta, Ravens fan.
Ravens fans WJZ spoke with are also disappointed with the team’s behavior.
“They’re not only making themselves look bad, they’re making the whole team look bad,” said Ravens fan David Thomas.
“I think football players are mentors and I think they’re giving children the wrong impression,” said Toni Brush, Ravens fan.
Joe Flacco says younger players can learn from veterans.
“What to do and what not to do, what kind of places to show up to and what kind of places not to show up to,” he said.
To keep incidents like this from happening.
Coach Harbaugh says he expects players to chase high standards, and he will hold them accountable if they don’t.
Ray Rice is expected to be punished by the NFL for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.
John Harbaugh also says there have been other incidents involving Ravens players in the past. Those incidents were never made public and those players are no longer on the team.
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