By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
8:25 AM EDT, March 18, 2014
Ravens reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid is scheduled for a March 27 court arraignment stemming from his arrest early March 9 following a fight at a strip club in Key West, Fla., according to Monroe County court records.
Reid has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery following an altercation in which he allegedly head-butted, punched and kicked a man after an argument, according to Key West police. The NFL lineman remains free on bail.
The confrontation between Reid, 25, and the man as well as security guards at the Red Garter Saloon was captured on video surveillance, according to an arrest affidavit.
The fight was prompted by Reid being accidentally bumped into by Edmond Mussa, and then police said it escalated into a brawl in which Reid punched security guards. Another man, Benjamin Buxton, was also arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery. Buxton has been assigned a March 28 arraignment in Monroe County.
Reid has spoken with Ravens coach John Harbaugh to give his side of the story and was apologetic about being involved in the incident, according to a source.
Reid was the third Ravens player to be arrested during a span of 22 days, following running back Ray Rice and his fiancee facing simple assault-domestic violence charges from a Feb. 15 incident at an Atlantic City casino and reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson's arrest Feb. 21 in Gainesville, Fla. for possession of marijuana.
Reid, a 6-foot-7, 340-pounder from Central Florida, was drafted in the third round in 2011. He played in 10 games last season, seeing limited action, after starting seven games in 2012 at left guard before undergoing season-ending foot surgery.
Reid is entering the final year of a four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract.