Updates from Thursday, July 31
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun confirms Lorenzo Taliaferro's case has been dropped:
Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property, being drunk in public and public swearing case was dropped by prosecutors Thursday morning, according to a court clerk.
Prosecutors in Taliaferro's hometown of Williamsburg, Va., decided not to go forward with the case. Taliaferro didn't need to attend his scheduled court hearing today at Williamsburg/James City County General District Court.
Updates from Monday, July 28
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun provided an update on Lorenzo Taliaferro's destruction of property case:
Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro expressed confidence that his pending misdemeanor destruction of property, being drunk in public and public swearing case will be resolved favorably as soon as this week.
Taliaferro said he doesn't expect to have to attend a scheduled court hearing Thursday in his hometown of Williamsburg, Va.
'No, I don't have to go to court,' Taliaferro said. 'It's dismissed. It will be soon.'
Updates from Monday, June 23
Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun reports an updated timeline for Lorenzo Taliaferro's case:
Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro's misdemeanor destruction of property and being drunk in public, public swearing case has been continued until July 31, according to a court clerk.
Taliaferro was originally scheduled for a court hearing Thursday in Williamsburg, Va., but his attorney was granted a continuance.
The case is set for 9:30 a.m. in late July at Williamsburg/James City County General District Court before Judge Colleen Killilea.
Updates from Monday, June 2
Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson has the latest on Taliaferro:
Ravens rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was assigned a June 26 court date in Williamsburg, Va. on his destruction of property and being drunk in public cases, according a court clerk.
Taliaferro was arrested on misdemeanor charges on May 24 in his hometown.
The case will be held in Williamsburg/James City County General District Court at 8:30 a.m.
According to Williamsburg, Virginia, police Major Greg Riley, via The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson, the Baltimore Ravens' rookie running back was "arrested and charged with destruction of property and being drunk in public" during Memorial Day weekend.
Wilson passes along comments from the Ravens:
Ravens: 'We’re aware of the situation and have discussed it with Lorenzo.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 27, 2014
Ravens: 'He will have his due process and the opportunity to talk about what happened.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 27, 2014
Taliaferro, the team's fourth-round draft pick out of Coastal Carolina, reportedly broke a cab window early Saturday morning. He left the scene but was later tracked down and arrested without incident. Both of the charges are misdemeanors.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN provides more details:
Source says #Ravens RB Lorenzo Taliaferro admits to breaking taxi cab window accidentally and has paid for window. Charges still pending.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) May 27, 2014
The good news here is that no one was injured during the incident, but as Wilson noted on Twitter, this is just a continuation of what has been a miserable offseason for the Ravens off the field:
Lorenzo Taliaferro is fourth Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, following Ray Rice, Jah Reid, Deonte Thompson. Reid case pending— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 27, 2014
Taliaferro recently signed a four-year deal worth $2.52 million to go with a signing bonus of $300,584, per Wilson. With a multi-game suspension looming for Ray Rice, and Bernard Pierce ineffective last season (2.9 yards per carry), there is a chance for the bruising downhill runner to see some carries.
He looks like he is a big guy, a downhill guy. I was very impressed with what kind of shape he is in. There is not an ounce of fat on him, and he is 230 pounds. [He is] very good at pass protection. I thought he showed excellent hands and get-away ability on his routes when he went against a linebacker. So [it was] all good that way.
This is a horrendous first impression, though, and if Taliaferro plans on making an impact in this league, he would be wise to avoid any trouble like this in the future.
He has a real opportunity in front of him to make an impact on a high-profile team, but avoiding problems off the field will be key.