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Ravens lineman Jah Reid's misdemeanor battery case set for June 13 hearing

Reserve offensive lineman facing two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from strip club altercation

By Aaron Wilson

The Baltimore Sun

1:29 PM EDT, June 4, 2014

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Ravens reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid will have a status hearing in his misdemeanor battery case in Florida later this month after a docket sounding Wednesday.

Reid's hearing in the Monroe County courthouse will take place on June 13, according to a court clerk.

Reid didn't appear in court Wednesday. His attorney, Samuel Kaufman, represented him before Judge Peary Fowler.

Reid was arrested and charged March 9 after an alleged altercation at 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 who have based their case on video surveillance.

Reid and another Florida man, Benjamin Buxton, were characterized as the aggressors in the fight. Both received two misdemeanor battery charges.

According to the arrest affidavit, Reid was accidentally bumped into by a man named Edwin Mussa. An argument and fight ensued, with Reid allegedly charging Mussa, head-butting him, punching him and knocking him to the ground and then kicking him once he was on the ground.

When security guard David Smith intervened, police said Reid punched Smith in the face.

Reid told the police that a security guard choked him.

Reid, a 2011 third-round round draft pick from Central Florida, appeared in 10 games last season and played sparingly. He started seven games in 2012 before undergoing foot surgery and being placed on injured reserve.

Heading into the final year of his initial four-year, $2.6 million contract, Reid has been sidelined at organized team activity practices because of a strained calf.

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