Charges against Thompson dropped

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Criminal charges filed in May against Ravens special teams assistant coach Bennie Thompson have been dropped.

Thompson had been charged with telephone harassment and violating the terms of a protective order granted to an ex-girlfriend. Thompson was arrested May 12 on allegations that he threatened to kill a city woman during a phone conversation.

He spent six hours at the Central Booking and Intake Center before he was released on his own recognizance.

The city state's attorney's office dropped the charges July 15.

Shortly after, Thompson denied ever making a threatening call to Nikki Walden of Northwest Baltimore, a friend of Thompson's ex-girlfriend, Nancy Lee.

Lee had the protective order against Thompson - and Thompson had a protective order against Lee - but it was Walden who had him arrested.

Thompson, 40, said he did call Walden's residence twice that night after he received a page from that number but did not have any conversations with Walden. Thompson said he had never met or spoken with Walden before, and the city state's attorney's office dropped the case because of lack of evidence, according to Thompson's attorney, Terry S. Lavenstein.

Joe Sviatko, spokesman for the state's attorney's office, said: "The case was not legally sufficient for both charges. The victim was not a party to the protective order."

It is still unclear who paged Thompson with Walden's number.

"It was embarrassing, not only for me but for my family, my kids and this organization, the Modells and the Bisciottis," Thompson said. "My daughter wasn't allowed to go to school that next day because this happened."

Thompson said he hopes the reputation he built around the city can withstand this incident.

"People are going to perceive you to be the way they want you to be," Thompson said. "It did ruin my reputation, because I did have a few fans here and people who like me. I don't know what the outcome is going to be now.

"A player can go out and do something and then score three touchdowns and the fans will love him. Now, what can I do to win my reputation back? I can't. Stuff like this ruins guys' reputation."

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