One month after coach John Harbaugh emphasized a high standard for players' conduct, starting cornerback Jimmy Smith became the latest Ravens player to be arrested during an unusually rocky offseason. Smith, 25, was charged Saturday night with failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer, a misdemeanor, after an incident at the Greene Turtle in Towson, making him the fifth Ravens player to be arrested since February. Police responding to a call about an unconscious woman in a bathroom at the York Road bar said they found Smith helping an intoxicated woman in the women's restroom. When asked to step aside and leave the restroom, Smith refused to comply and became argumentative, and was eventually handcuffed, police said. When asked for identification, police said, Smith answered: “I'm Jimmy Smith, I play for the Ravens,” before producing his Maryland driver's license. No other NFL team has had as many arrests as the Ravens this offseason, with the other 31 teams combining for 14 arrests. The number of Ravens arrested this year marks one more than the team's total during the previous six years. ‘Different universe' “Pro teams are sort of a different universe,” said Sean Brickell, a public relations and crisis communications expert from Virginia Beach, Va., who represents the Norfolk Tides' minor league baseball team. “These guys have extraordinary talents. Most of them are young and have been singled out for their talents and skills and made to feel very special. They're suddenly dealing with a lot of adoration and money and don't really know how to conduct themselves very well yet.” Ravens officials are aware of Smith's arrest.
Jimmy Smith latest player to be arrested in rocky offseason for Ravens
Baltimore Sun | Jul 14