The dead zone before training camp is always the worst time of year for player arrests. Bored players equals guys getting into trouble, and that’s why teams all dread this time of year more than any other period.
The latest to fall victim to the pre-training camp arrest bug is the Ravens’ Jimmy Smith, who was reportedly picked up late Saturday night at a club in Towson, Maryland and charged with disorderly conduct.
Smith was nabbed after police found him in the bathroom with an unconscious woman who – surprise – appeared to be intoxicated. Smith was trying to help the woman when police told him to move aside. Instead of complying, Smith became argumentative and was taken into custody.
Smith was cited for disorderly conduct and released.
If you’re keeping score, that marks five arrests this offseason for the Ravens. In addition to Smith, Ray Rice was busted for aggravated assault, Jah Reid was nailed for misdemeanor battery, Deonte Thompson was popped for marijuana possession and Lorenzo Taliaferro was hit for destruction of property, drunk and disorderly.
The Ravens are definitely winning the offseason when it comes to guys getting busted. And there’s still a couple weeks until camp opens and players finally have the structure and distraction they need to avoid getting into trouble.
This is why teams wish they could just lock their players up until the season starts. Because a lot of them end up being locked up anyway, by the cops.