TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—For the fifth time, a Ravens player has been arrested, making the team number one in most arrests for the off-season. The latest arrest involves starting cornerback Jimmy Smith, who was taken into Baltimore County police custody over the weekend after they say he did not follow police orders.
Rochelle Ritchie has more on his arrest and what fans and the team have to say about the legal trouble.
County police say Smith was not combative or in custody for very long but his arrest puts a not so flattering spotlight on the Ravens and all their legal trouble during the off-season.
It’s nine days until training camp starts but right now, fans can only focus on the latest arrest of one of their players, starting cornerback Jimmy Smith.
“I believe these guys need to be a little more careful,” said fan Robert Barney.
Smith was arrested at the Greene Turtle in Towson after Baltimore County police say he would not obey their orders to leave a women’s room where he was supporting a sick woman who was vomiting in a sink and had cocaine in her purse.
“When they asked the man to leave the bathroom once the medical personnel arrived, he refused. He said he was there continuing to help her,” said Officer Shawn Vinson, Baltimore County police.
Police add Smith was not physically combative but was mouthing off to cops, saying, “[expletive] you, what the [expletive] are you going to do?” and “The only reason you arrested me is so you could end up on the news.”
The off-season started taking a turn for the worse in February when Ray Rice was caught on a surveillance camera dragging his then-fiancee out of an elevator like a rag doll. He was later charged with aggravated assault.
A week later, Deonte Thompson was arrested for possession of marijuana.
A month went by and Jah Reid was slapped with misdemeanor battery charges.
In May, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public.
With Smith, it’s a total of five Ravens players arrested during the off-season—the most of any NFL team.
“For the serious or committed fan, this has little to no impact but for the more casual fan, this is more reason to turn them off from the NFL and the Ravens in specific,” said marketing expert David Warschawski.
Coach John Harbaugh has not spoken publicly about the latest arrest but sent a strong message to the team back in May.
“When the negativity outbalances your ability to help our football team, you’re not gonna be here anymore,” he said.
Police say Smith told them he and the woman had done a photo shoot earlier in the day but had no other connection to each other.
Police say Smith was not in possession of any drugs.
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