Ravens rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro's case continued until July 31

The Baltimore Sun

Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro's case for misdemeanor destruction of property and being drunk in public, public swearing has been continued until July 31, according to a court clerk.

Taliaferro had been scheduled for a court hearing Thursday in Williamsburg, Va., but his attorney was granted a continuance.

The case is set for 9:30 a.m. on July 31 at Williamsburg/James City County General District Court before Judge Colleen Killilea.

The court date coincides with the Ravens' training camp, as rookies are scheduled  to report July 17 with the first full-team practice scheduled for July 24. However, Taliaferro wouldn't necessarily have to appear in court and the case isn't expected to involve any heavy penalties such as jail time.

Taliaferro was arrested May 24 in his hometown of Willliamsburg.

The arresting officer overheard loud cursing from a group that included Taliaferro, according to a police report.

A cab driver alleged to the officer that Taliaferro broke a window in his car after the driver asked him to exit the cab.

The officer wrote in his report that he "immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage upon his person and breath. Mr. Taliaferro was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot eyes and spoke with a slur. Mr. Taliaferro also sounded intoxicated because he stated that his ‘girlfriend flew in from Myrtle Beach, Virginia' and later said ‘cooloperate’ instead of cooperate twice in an attempt to correct himself.”

Taliaferro and his friends, saying they wanted to be responsible and take a cab, complained that the cab driver was "rude and on his phone," according to the report.

“Mr. Taliaferro advised that he and the driver then had a brief dispute,” the officer wrote in his report. “So, Mr. Taliaferro exited the taxi with his friends. Before the taxi left, Mr. Taliaferro leaned against the window. Mr. Taliaferro stated that the taxi pulled forward and that the weight of him being on the glass broke it. At the jail, Mr. Taliaferro stated that he had ‘gripped the window’ and that he had ‘consumed a good amount of drinks.’”

A fourth-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina, Taliaferro signed a four-year, $2.52 million contract that includes a $300,584 signing bonus.

Taliaferro rushed for 1,729 yards and 29 touchdowns last season and was named the Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Year, .

Taliaferro is expected to see early-season playing time working in tandem with Bernard Pierce, who would likely be the starting running back if Ray Rice is suspended to start the season under the NFL personal-conduct policy for his domestic violence arrest in February. Rice is facing a potential multi-game suspension.

Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a week ago. 

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said last week that the team has been given no specific timetable on when they might be informed of any potential discipline of the three-time Pro Bowl running back. Based on precedent, Goodell is likely to issue a ruling sometime between now and early in training camp.



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