Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith arrested after incident in Towson bar bathroom
By By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun
Jul 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM
Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct Saturday night after an incident at The Greene Turtle in Towson, according to Baltimore County police.
Police said Smith, 25, was cited for failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.
Ravens team officials are aware of the incident involving Smith.
"We're gathering information about this," Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations Kevin Byrne said.
Officers went to The Greene Turtle on York Road after the general manager reported that there was an unconscious woman in a bathroom at the Towson restaurant and bar.
When they arrived, police said they saw Smith in the bathroom with the woman who was intoxicated. Police said that the NFL player was assisting her when she vomited while leaning over a sink.
Smith told police that he and the woman had done a photo shoot together earlier in the evening. Officers later found what they suspected was a small bag of cocaine in the woman's purse, according to the police report. The woman has not been charged.
Police said that after medics arrived, officers repeatedly asked Smith to step aside and he refused to comply and said several times that he was helping the woman. Police said Smith became argumentative when they asked him to step into the hallway.
According to the police report, Smith was told that because he wasn't related to the woman and wasn't helping her that he needed to leave so that medical personnel could attend to her and Smith replied: "I am helping her."
According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out to the hallway. Smith allegedly cursed at the arresting officer and asked him "What the [expletive] are you gonna do?" When told again to leave, Smith replied: [Expletive] you. What the [expletive] are you gonna do?"
Smith was then placed in handcuffs. While at the Towson precinct, according to the police report, Smith told the officer: "The only reason you arrested me is so you could get on the news."
According to the police report, the officer informed Smith that he wasn't aware of who he was and that wouldn't have made a difference in the outcome of the incident.
Smith then said, according to the report, "You will see this [Sunday] on ESPN."
After Smith was arrested, Baltimore County police said, he was cooperative with officers at the precinct.
Smith was released from custody from the Towson police precinct at about 11:15 p.m. after being issued a citation; a court date is pending. The woman was transported to a local hospital, according to police.
This marks the fifth arrest of a Ravens player this offseason.
That includes the following cases: running back Ray Rice (felony aggravated assault, Atlantic City, N.J., accepted into pretrial diversion program), offensive lineman Jah Reid (misdemeanor battery, Key West, Fla., accepted into pretrial diversion program), wide receiver Deonte Thompson (felony possession of marijuana, Gainesville, Fla., case dismissed) and rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (misdemeanor destruction of property, drunk and disorderly, Williamsburg, Va., case pending with July 31 court date).
Smith, a 2011 first-round draft pick from Colorado, hadn't previously been in trouble with the law since joining the Ravens.
When Smith entered the NFL, though, he faced scrutiny about his character because of a history of off-field problems. He was cited for third-degree assault and underage drinking violations.
Smith is entering his fourth NFL season and is regarded as one of the top young defensive players on the roster.
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound California native had 58 tackles, two interceptions and a career-high 15 pass deflections last season. In three NFL seasons, Smith has 112 career tackles, 26 pass deflections and four interceptions.
The Ravens have said they eventually want to sign Smith to a long-term contract extension.
The Ravens exercised a fifth-year option for 2015 for Smith this offseason, meaning he's due a $6.898 million base salary that year. The salary becomes fully guaranteed if he's on the roster the first day of the 2015 league year.
Smith's original four-year rookie contract included a $3.926 million signing bonus. He's due a $1.392 million base salary this year.