Updates from Monday, July 14
Ravens starting cornerback Jimmy Smith isn't expected to face discipline from the NFL stemming from his arrest in Towson on Saturday night for misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Based on precedent along with the rules of the NFL personal-conduct policy in the league's collective bargaining agreement, this incident isn't regarded as a serious enough legal matter for Smith to be punished by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested Saturday night and charged with disorderly conduct after an incident with a police officer at a bar in Towson, Maryland.
Baltimore County police officials confirmed the arrest to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, stating Smith failed to comply with orders while they were trying to help an unconscious woman in The Greene Turtle's bathroom. The report alleges that Smith was attempting to assist the woman but became uncooperative with police when they arrived on the scene.
Smith allegedly refused to move away from the unnamed woman and allow the medical professionals to assist her, leading to his arrest. Per Wilson:
According to the police report, Smith was told that because he wasn't related to the woman and wasn't helping her that he needed to leave so that medical personnel could attend to her and Smith replied: "I am helping her."
According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out 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?"
According to the police report, Smith said he and the woman had done a photoshoot earlier in the evening. Police say Smith told the officers, "The only reason you arrested me is so you could get on the news."
He was brought in to the Towson police precinct and booked on misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Police released him from custody at 11:15 p.m. ET Saturday night after issuing him a citation.
In Maryland, disorderly conduct is punishable by up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. Per Wilson's report, the police stated that Smith was cooperative after being arrested.
"We're gathering information about this," Ravens Senior Vice President of Public and Community Relations Kevin Byrne told Wilson.
Smith, 25, was the Ravens' first-round pick in 2011 (No. 27 overall). He's since become an integral member of their defense, flourishing last season as he moved into a full-time starter role.
Playing in all 16 games, Smith tallied 58 tackles, two forced fumbles and two interceptions as part of a Ravens secondary that allowed the third-lowest completion percentage in football (56.9). Football Outsiders measured the Ravens as the NFL's ninth-best pass defense.
CSNBaltimore.com's Clifton Brown notes Smith's assets:
Smith isn't at the Pro Bowl level of [Joe] Haden, [Richard] Sherman or Patrick Peterson of the Cardinals—the next corner likely to sign a megadeal. But Smith is young (25 years old) with the size (6-foot-2) and quickness to match up with the league's taller receivers.
Though Smith isn't considered among the best lockdown cornerbacks in football, one could argue that he's been underrated. Smith ranked 20th last season in Pro Football Focus' (subscription required) coverage snaps-per-receptions metric, ahead of players like Haden and Tarell Brown. The move into the starting lineup seemed to unlock a newfound confidence, although Smith is still below average against the run.
His 2013 season was promising enough that the Ravens picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract in April. The move was expected to be a precursor to a long-term extension between the two sides.
"We are hopeful that we can sign Jimmy long-term," head coach John Harbaugh told reporters at the NFL owners meetings. "That will be our goal."
It's unclear how much Smith's arrest will affect the Ravens' planning. He's the fifth player on the roster to be arrested this offseason. Running backs Ray Rice and Lorenzo Taliaferro, offensive lineman Jah Reid and wide receiver Deonte Thompson were previously booked on varying charges.
Smith's situation is another frustration for a franchise that's seen too many players with off-field problems this summer. Factoring in his myriad issues prior to being drafted—the Ravens selected him amid significant character red flags—the team may also choose to look at Smith's arrest differently than others.
The Ravens have time to sort it out. By accepting his option for 2015, the team could play out the next two seasons without an extension. That would protect the Ravens against any further incidents, as the fifth year is only guaranteed for injury.
Either way, Baltimore will likely allow the legal process to play itself out before making any decisions or public proclamations.
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