Jimmy Smith's immaturity led to the fifth arrest for the Ravens this offseason

The questions about Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith's immaturity surfaced again over the weekend after he was arrested and charged with failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer during an incident in a Towson restaurant Saturday night.

The arrest might have raised some red flags among team officials about a possible long-term contract for their promising young cornerback, as he further embarrassed a franchise beset by off-the-field incidents during this offseason.

Since the NFL season ended in February, five Ravens have been arrested; the other 31 NFL teams have combined for 14. Smith hasn't been issued a court date for his incident, but maybe he should be charged with arrogance and stupidity, too.

That's enough already. If this was one arrest, or possibly a second arrest, of a Ravens player, there could be more tolerance. But not for No. 5.

Apparently, players aren't listening over at The Castle. They aren't paying attention to owner Steve Bisciotti and director of player development Harry Swayne, who held a meeting with them during the final week of minicamp about respect and acceptance in the workplace.

They aren't heeding the advice of general manager Ozzie Newsome, nor are they intimidated by the possible punishments coming from coach John Harbaugh. A lot of these guys still believe they are invincible and above the law.

The Ravens recently exercised a fifth-year option on Smith for the 2015 season that will pay him a $6.898 million base salary. The Ravens have said they eventually want to sign Smith to a long-term extension, but what are they thinking now?

When Smith entered the 2011 NFL draft out of Colorado, his character was scrutinized because he was cited for third-degree assault and two underage drinking violations in college.

He has been trouble-free since joining the Ravens, but it's apparent that he isn't completely over the hump. On Saturday night, when police responded to a call about an unconscious woman in the bathroom at The Greene Turtle on York Road, they found Smith helping an intoxicated woman in the women's restroom.

When asked to step aside and leave the restroom, Smith refused and became argumentative and eventually was handcuffed, according to the police report. An officer later found what they suspected was a small bag of cocaine in the woman's purse, according to the police report.

When asked for identification, police said, Smith answered, "I'm Jimmy Smith. I play for the Ravens," before producing his Maryland driver's license.

Now let's get this right: Ravens Ray Rice, Jah Reid, Deonte Thompson and Lorenzo Taliaferro already have been arrested this offseason, and Smith is singing out the team name like it's a badge of honor.

Excuse me, but someone needs to remind Smith that his first name is Jimmy, not Emmitt. At this point in his career, he is just another cornerback who wears No. 22. His face isn't as recognizable around town at Ed Reed's or Ray Lewis', and Smith isn't as big as Jonathan Ogden.

Most of all, who cares if he plays for the Ravens? Does that make him above the law? That is just pure arrogance.

It gets worse.

According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being directed 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 then was 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."

Smith then said, according to the report: "You will see this [Sunday] on ESPN."

Congrats, Mr. Smith. You were correct. You made ESPN. You were on all the local television stations and made the front page of The Baltimore Sun. Sports radio talk shows can't get enough of you.

But for a guy who was already in the women's restroom, what part of "Get out" didn't Smith understand when the officer asked him to leave?

With an NFL career and millions of dollars in jeopardy, it would have made more sense for Smith to just walk away. Instead, common sense was overruled.

In the next couple of days, the Ravens will downplay the incident, but they need to take a stand instead of providing the same old lip service. There is always a constant battle going on over the character issue with NFL teams because general managers and coaches want wins, not Boy Scouts.

But it's different for Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and the public relations and marketing staffs. They have to sell this team, and perception is often reality for most people.

Harbaugh is stuck in the middle. He wants to play the image game, but wants to win on Sundays as well. Sooner or later, though, he is going to have to take a hard-line approach on a player instead of waiting for discipline to come from the league or the legal system.

The Ravens need to be progressive. How about some hefty fines or game suspensions? Last offseason, Harbaugh got rid of the big-name malcontents on the roster such as wide receiver Anquan Boldin and safeties Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard.

These moves were supposed to help improve the team chemistry, yet the Ravens have struggled both on and off the field. They appear to lack structure and guidance, or just don't care about either.

This was expected to be a breakout year for Smith. With improved ball-awareness skills combined with his size and speed, he was on track to possibly become one of the NFL's best cornerbacks.

He is marketable. Off the field, he is a likable person with a quick wit and charming smile. He has an easygoing manner. Things still could work out well for him, but now everyone has to proceed with caution.

The immaturity that made Smith a risky prospect coming out of college was on display over the weekend.



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