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.
(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.
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."