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Ravens' Jah Reid arrested, charged with misdemeanor battery in Key West

The Ravens' offseason legal problems continued early Sunday morning when reserve offensive lineman Jah Reid was arrested and charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery following an altercation at a strip club in Key West, Fla.

Reid became the third Ravens player to be arrested in 22 days. Starting running back Ray Rice and his fiancée are facing simple assault-domestic violence charges stemming from a Feb. 15 physical altercation at an Atlantic City casino, and reserve wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested Feb. 21 in Gainesville, Fla., and charged with possession of marijuana.


On Reid's arrest, Ravens director of public relations Chad Steele said: "We have learned of the situation and are gathering information."

Reid has spoken to Ravens coach John Harbaugh about the incident and gave his explanation of what happened, according to a source. Reid didn't return a message seeking comment Sunday.


Reid, 25, and another man, Benjamin Buxton, got into a fight with several other people at the Red Garter Saloon, where they were described as the aggressors in a confrontation that included security personnel at the adult entertainment venue, according to Key West police department public information officer Alyson Crean.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by The Baltimore Sun, security footage viewed by the arresting officer shows Reid being accidentally bumped into by Edmond Mussa, which triggered an argument.

Reid then allegedly charged Mussa and head-butted him, followed by the NFL player punching the man and causing him to fall to the ground, according to the affidavit. Reid allegedly began kicking Mussa once he was on the ground.

When security guard David Smith intervened, police said Reid punched Smith in the face.

Police said Buxton then began punching Mussa. The confrontation was eventually broken up with Buxton being Tased by a security guard. Crean said Reid wasn't Tased.

Reid told the arresting officer that he was choked by a security guard, according to the affidavit. Crean said one security official suffered minor facial injuries, a split lip. Buxton was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of battery.

Reid and Buxton were arrested at 3:14 a.m. Sunday at 208 Duval St. in Key West, Fla., and were booked and transported to the Monroe County jail. Both were released on $2,000 bonds Sunday, according to Monroe County jail records.

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Management of the Red Garter Saloon, which bills itself as the premier adult entertainment venue in Key West, weren't available for comment Sunday.


A 2011 third-round draft pick from Central Florida, Reid played in 10 games as a backup guard last season and saw limited action. He started seven games in 2012 before a foot injury ended his season and required surgery. He has played in 35 career games.

The 6-foot-7, 340-pounder is entering the final season of a four-year, $2.6 million rookie contract.

"I'm aware of the incident," said Derrick Fox, Reid's agent. "More information is being gathered. At this time, we'll have no further comment as this is a legal matter."

Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.