Seacrets general manager denies reports that Ravens players were kicked out of club
By By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun
May 30, 2014 at 8:23 PM
Scott Studds, the general manager of Seacrets, has seen the video and read the various media reports about what happened to a few Ravens at his Ocean City bar over Memorial Day weekend, and he said he wanted to set the record straight.
"I got the [NFL] league office checking in with me and I just said, 'This isn't right,' " Studds said. "These guys didn't do anything wrong."
TMZ Sports reported Wednesday that Ravens wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones and running back Bernard Pierce were kicked out for drinking heavily at the popular Ocean City hangout.
The story, which also said Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was at the bar but was not asked to leave, included video of a Seacrets security official speaking with Jones. It's unclear in the video whether the security official is ushering the former Pro Bowl kick returner out of the bar.
Studds said what the video, which he said was taken on a customer's cellphone, shows is a member of the bar's security team asking Jones about an incident that occurred in the area where several of the Ravens were hanging out.
"There was incident in the area and a couple of those guys were asked if they saw anything or if anything was happening," Studds said. "It wasn't even an altercation. A couple of young ladies were saying guys were pestering them. [The incident] wasn't a big deal. It was [the Ravens' players] and other people that our guys were questioning. We didn't kick any of them out. We didn't ask any of them to leave."
Studds was not in the part of the bar that security officials responded to at the time. However, he said he was briefed on the situation by his staff and he asked more questions in subsequent days when the story started to get more attention.
He said he decided to reach out to The Baltimore Sun and discuss the matter after he got a call Friday from NFL security asking about the incident.
"This thing has gotten some legs obviously and I wanted to set the record straight," Studds said. "The thing has gotten out of control and what was reported was completely incorrect. They were not intoxicated or inebriated. They were fine."
Studds said he thinks the Ravens left shortly after the incident in question, but that they returned later in the night and waited in line for at least 45 minutes to get into the bar.
"We wouldn't have let them back in if there was an issue," Studds said.
Asked Friday for comment on the situation at Seacrets, Ravens director of public relations Chad Steele said: "This is a perfect example that there are two sides to every story."
The Ravens are holding their third annual Beach Bash in Ocean City this weekend. The event includes appearances by several Ravens' players, a parade and various fan club activities.
TMZ' report comes at a time of negative publicity for the Ravens, who have troubles with player conduct off the field. Also over Memorial Day weekend, rookie running back Lorenzo Taliafero was arrested in Virginia on misdemeanor charges of destruction of property and being drunk in public.
It was the fourth arrest of a Ravens player since February, with the most high profile one coming after veteran running Ray Rice had a physical altercation with his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said yesterday that he's very concerned and disappointed with the off-the-field behavior of some of his players. He didn't specifically address the TMZ report, though he did point to alcohol as a major contributing factor in most of the incidents.