Ravens lineman Jah Reid pleads not guilty in misdemeanor battery case
By By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun|
Apr 01, 2014 at 5:13 PM
Ravens reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of battery stemming from an altercation at a strip club in Key West, Fla.
Reid's lawyer, Samuel Kaufman, entered the plea during an arraignment hearing on behalf of the NFL player. Reid is now scheduled for an April 30 pretrial conference on the docket of Judge Perry Fowler.
The case stems from a March 9 incident at the Red Garter Saloon, where the 6-foot-7, 340-pound Reid allegedly head-butted, punched and kicked a man following an argument, according to Key West police. Reid remains free on bail.
The incident between Reid, 25, and the man, as well as security guards, was captured on video surveillance, according to an arrest affidavit.
The fight was prompted by Reid being accidentally bumped into by Edmond Mussa, and then police said it escalated into a brawl during which Reid punched security guards.
Another man, Benjamin Buxton, was also arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery.
Reid spoke with Ravens coach John Harbaugh following the incident to give his side of the story and was apologetic, according to a source.
Reid was the third Ravens player to be arrested during a span of 22 days. Running back Ray Rice was arrested after a Feb. 15 incident at an Atlantic City casino, and reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested Feb. 21 in Gainesville, Fla., for possession of marijuana.
A 2011 Ravens third-round draft pick from Central Florida, Reid played in 10 games last season and saw limited action. He started seven games in 2012 at left guard before undergoing season-ending foot surgery.
Reid is entering the final year of a four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract.