Ravens lineman Jah Reid accepted into pretrial diversion program in Florida battery case

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid was accepted into a diversion program today during a status hearing and avoided trial on a pair of misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an alleged altercation at a strip club, according to a Monroe County, Fla., court clerk.

Reid, who wasn't present in court and was represented by Key West attorney Samuel Kaufman before Judge Peary Fowler, was entered into a 12-month program. If Reid completes the program, the clerk said, he won't have a conviction on his record.

With the case resolved and Reid being a first-time offender, he's not expected to face discipline under the NFL personal-conduct policy.

Reid was arrested and charged March 9 after an alleged fight at a Key West, Fla., strip club called the Red Garter Saloon.

The 6-foot-7, 340-pound player allegedly head-butted, punched and kicked a man and attacked security personnel, according to an arrest affidavit from police. The case was based upon their review of video surveillance.

Reid was accidentally bumped by a man named Edwin Mussa, according to an arrest affidavity.

That preceded an argument. Reid allegedly charged Mussa, head-butting him, punching him and kicking him once he was on the ground. Police said Reid punched a security guard in the face. Reid allegedly told the police that a security guard choked him.

Reid has been sidelined at organized team activities with a strained calf. The 2011 third-round draft pick from Central Florida played in 10 games last season.

Reid is entering the final year of a four-year, $2.6 million contract.

Four Ravens players have been arrested this offseason, including Reid, running back Ray Rice (felony aggravated assault, Atlantic City, N.J.) wide receiver Deonte Thompson (felony possession of marijuana, Gainesville, Fla.) and rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (misdemeanor destruction of property, drunk in public, Williamsburg, Va.)

Rice was entered into a pretrial intervention program. Thompson's charges were dropped when another man said the marijuana belonged to him.

Taliaferro's is the lone pending case. He has been assigned a June 26 court date.




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