Matt Elam's Grand Theft, Domestic Battery Charges from May Arrest Dropped

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2017

This is a photo of Matt Elam of the Baltimore Ravens NFL football team. This image reflects the Baltimore Ravens active roster as of Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Florida prosecutors dropped charges of grand theft and domestic battery against former Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, the Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reported Wednesday.

Authorities arrested Elam in May after he got into an argument with his girlfriend. According to Zrebiec, the victim was uncooperative during the investigation, and prosecutors were unable to find enough independent evidence to continue pursuing the charges.

According to the police report from May, Elam and his girlfriend engaged in a physical struggle on the ground after Elam attempted to take the girlfriend's cell phone, per USA Today's A.J. Perez and Lorenzo Reyes. The girlfriend had lacerations on an index finger and foot as a result of the altercation.

Elam's troubles aren't over. The 25-year-old was arrested in February on three felony drug charges, as well as reckless driving, after police officers discovered oxycodone pills and marijuana inside a Range Rover he was driving.

The Ravens selected Elam in the first round of the 2013 draft. After he played 41 games for the team, Baltimore declined the fifth-year option his rookie contract, making him a free agent.