BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Baltimore Raven, in a Florida jail. Safety Matt Elam, was arrested in Miami Beach Saturday night. He’s facing marijuana and drug charges.
The Ravens were considering whether to keep him on the team. His arrest, helped them make the final call.
Matt Elam’s days as a Baltimore raven are numbered. The team, making the call, after his arrest in Miami. A spokesman saying quote: “We are aware of the arrest of matt Elam. Matt is not in our plans for the 2017 Ravens.”
Ravens fans we spoke to are disappointed.
“I think it’s disheartening. It’s devastating,” says Myesha Brooks.
Charging documents obtained by WJZ, say detectives saw Elam driving his Range Rover at high speeds on Miami’s Pine Tree Drive. He was seen swerving in and out of lanes, and almost colliding with other cars. Elam, allegedly ignored police sirens and tried to speed away before coming to a stop. Officers noticed an intense smell of burning marijuana and a cloud of smoke coming from the truck.
They discovered a Gucci bookbag on the driver’s side, containing Elam’s identification. It was packed with 126 grams of marijuana and 3 grams of oxycodone, more than $900 in cash, a Rolex and a gold necklace.
The 25-year-old, Florida-native, was with three other passengers. Police say one of them had a loaded gun without a permit. Elam was arrested and charged with drug possession, intent to sell, and reckless driving.
“If he’s breaking the law, which it sounds like he did, then he should be held accountable,” says Jamaar Moore.
Elam was not expected to return to the team once his contract expires. The arrest is a violation of the league’s code of conduct.
“There was enough on him at the time to say okay we’re done with him, so I think they made the right the decision,” says Ian Jones, Ravens fan.
His bail was set at $15,500. The passengers in the car were also arrested. Elam signed with the ravens in 2013. He was a first-round-draft-pick.