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Ray Rice, tinted windows and an autograph

On Monday night, Ravens running back Ray Rice said on Twitter that he was pulled over by a local police officer (jurisdiction unclear) for having illegal tinted windows in his car, and that he got out of a ticket by giving the officer an autograph for his son.

Local blog Inside Charm City got wind of the Tweet, which has since been removed, and posted this story, which has gotten play on Pro Football Talk and The Big Lead. Jeff Quinton of Inside Charm City just posted that Rice will address the incident after Tuesday afternoon's practice.

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(Update: According to Mike Duffy from the team's website, Rice said he offered to give the officer an autograph after he had already been issued a warning, and that he worded his Tweet improperly.)

I'm not familiar with the penalties for having tinted windows -- they would look a little out-of-place on a beat-up Hyundai Elantra -- but Rice could be in hot water for the incident -- the officer will definitely be -- which might classify as giving or accepting a bribe.

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As I reported in my story on the Ravens and media training a few weeks ago, the Ravens media relations department warns players about using social media platforms in the hopes of avoiding situations like these. Here's an excerpt of that story:

Stay tuned on this one.

Instant update from Peter Hermann of the Baltimore Crime Beat blog (via Ravens Insider): "Lt. Robert McCullough, the chief spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department, confirmed a few minutes ago that an officer from his agency stopped Ray Rice. The spokesman declined further comment but said more information would be forthcoming."

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