Pro Football Talk Slams the Ravens!

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Media, Fans React to Jimmy Smith’s Arrest

Another Raven got arrested. That’s five this offseason, the most of any NFL team.

You’ve already read it now and have probably heard the story numerous times. Jimmy Smith was arrested at Greene Turtle in Towson and charged with “failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer.” Here’s the Baltimore County Police Department Incident Report.

This arrest might be the Ravens strangest of the offseason. Smith claims he was helping the intoxicated woman, but most people would counter his argument with something like “paramedics could probably do a better job of that than you.”

Some fans don’t seem to have a problem with Smith’s arrest, like Mike Doyle who was quoted on “People have problems. It happens to everybody. I don’t think it looks bad on Baltimore. Players in all sports get arrested all the time.”

Monday morning,’s Darin Gantt ripped into the Ravens and specifically John Harbaugh’s “high standard” quote:

“The most embarrassing case was the assault charges against running back Ray Rice for knocking his now-wife unconscious (for which she apologized at a press conference and the team ridiculously tweeted from the official account).

But one arrest can happen to any team.

The Ravens have also had Lorenzo Taliaferro arrested for destruction of property (going Ray Rice on a cab), and public intoxication, Jah Reid for two counts of battery and Deonte Thompson for suspicion of possession of marijuana.

When Smith was asked for identification by the police this weekend, he replied with the classic: ‘I’m Jimmy Smith, I play for the Ravens.’

Since their five arrests are more than any other team in the league (the other 31 clubs have combined for 14), the cops probably should have known that already.”

Where do you stand? Bad offseason or a serious leadership problem?


Stash Remains Behind Bars

Speaking of arrests, after a District Judge ruling last week, former 98 Rocker and Ravens pre/postgame show host Stephen “Stash” Smith will remain in jail until the end of the summer for violating his probation after a 2012 drunk-driving accident that left five people injured.

“Stash” was in a three year supervised probation period when he was pulled over in Harford County on February 3, 2012 and charged with DUI, speeding and failing to have his vehicle equipped with an “interlock” device.


Traffic Nightmares Arise on Russell Street

Lastly, I’ll end today’s column with a note about traffic. Have you tried driving down Russell Street lately? It’s a total disaster. The construction of the Horseshoe Casino has limited traffic to one lane on this already heavily populated road into and out of Baltimore.



Orioles fans were tweeting horror stories after the O’s July 9 game against the Washington Nationals. It was reportedly taking some over an hour just to get from Lot A to Russell street, where they would also be sitting and waiting to finally inch their way to 95 or 295. That’s actually worse than anything I personally experienced around the Baltimore Grand Prix (traffic purgatory).

When Horseshoe finally does open, it’s hard to imagine that things will get much better, assuming the place brings the crowds that the casino’s ownership is expecting. Sure, the lanes on Russell Street will reopen, but cars will be pouring in and out of the tight multi-level parking garage that has been constructed for the casino.

Have you tried driving around Arundel Mills since Maryland Live! opened?

It’s a nightmare.

Here’s my tip: stay far away from that garage, you could get stuck there forever.

I do have an important question though — and I’m surprised no one else in the media is asking this. Is Horseshoe going to charge people to park there?

I’ve never been to a casino that makes you pay to park. If they do, why not just drive a few miles to Arundel Mills? But if they don’t, how will they stop people from parking in their massive garage and going to Orioles or Ravens games? Will they make you verify that you did some gambling?

With parking prices incredibly steep on Ravens game days, wouldn’t it make sense to pop in the Casino, put 20 bucks on red to verify your parking and then get out of there?

I’m sure smarter people than me have thought about this already, but I haven’t been able to come up with an obvious solution for what I think could be a serious logistical problem.

What statement below best describes your feelings about the 5 Ravens arrested this offseason?
The Ravens are a team out of control (16%)
Ray Lewis is missed in the Ravens' locker room (27%)
Media is blowing this way out of proportion (57%)
This poll has completed. Thank you for voting.

12 Raves on “Pro Football Talk Slams the Ravens!

  1. konstantinox on said:

    PFT only gets clicks by blowing stories out of proportion. It’s the Fox News of the NFL. Ignore it and move on. Don’t feed the trolls.

  2. Perry on said:

    First off.. the poll answers stink. This has nothing to do with Ray Lewis and the team isn’t out of control. The individuals need to step up and be accountable.

    That being said, if this were any other team besides the Ravens, we’d be blasting them. PFT may or may not be the tabloid of NFL football, but it doesn’t change the fact this team is getting a reputation none of us as fans want. Explaining away each incident or claiming the story is being blown out of proportion or whatever we want to do for “our guys” isn’t going to change other fans from talking about the Ravens the way we all did about the Bengals a few years back.

    • Tony LombardiTony Lombardi on said:

      Uh, you’d be surprised how many believe that if Ray was still around the arrests wouldn’t have happened. I’m thinking maybe 29% give or take…

  3. Mista T on said:

    Except for the incident involving Mrs. Rice, all were typical American athletes having too much of a good time at night. Many parents who read this site would have had to deal with similar incidents. Not the kind of activities to get upset about, feel threatened, or calling these four guys “thugs”.

    The Rice incident has too many unknowns to draw a conclusion. I haven’t seen the tape of Ray hitting here. Was he out of control? Or was it self-defense? If PFT were providing a decent journalism, we’d know the answer. I’m not ready to hang an athlete based om speculation (although it’s hard to imagine that Ray Rice was the victim)

  4. BmoreB on said:

    Extremely disappointing with these 5 arrests. Harbaugh must cringe when his cell phone rings these days.
    Unfortunately there is nothing he or any “team leader” can do about it.

    The consequences for these five arrests and all others like them across the league simply are not steep enough. This will continue, year after year. We just happen to be the “lucky” ones this year.

  5. BHC on said:

    I don’t think the poll choices are good either. I don’t think that it’s any of the three. I’m always a “laws are laws and you need to follow them” guy but having said that, outside of Rice’s situation, none of the others are serious in nature. It’s just a few guys displaying some poor judgment. But at the same time, as I said, laws are laws…and it does not look good on the franchise to have five guys arrested in an offseason. So they do deserve to get slammed by the media for that.

  6. Ben on said:

    I guarantee that any PFT article on the ravens either relates to Joe flacco’s contract or our “thug” image. If the article doesn’t fit into either of narratives they don’t splash it as their top story.

    Further, they talk about the problems being systemic from an absence of leadership but never link this to the 49ers troubles, cowboys, browns, or any of the other 15 players arrested this off season.

    I honestly think their server would explode if Joe was arrested while pushing a FA out the door of the castle with one hand, and giving the finger to ray lewis with the other.

  7. Alex Schroeder on said:

    The only way you come to an assumption other than “Media blowing it out of proportion” is if you don’t pay attention! Looking at this case by case, the only two serious incidents are the Smith and Rice incidents in my opinion. The others are minor (and two of them will not be on the team come week 1 if you ask me). Smith was just a misdemeanor and Rice, while yes, a serious issue, in my opinion was a product of two people having way too much to drink one night.

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