Terrence Cody Cut by Ravens Amid Animal Cruelty Indictment

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2015

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 01:  Terrence Cody #62 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the bench against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Terrence Cody has been cut by the Baltimore Ravens following an animal cruelty investigation that resulted in an indictment.

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Cody Indicted on Animal Cruelty Charges After Release by Ravens

Monday, Feb. 2

Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reported that Cody has been indicted on animal cruelty charges. He has since been released on $10,000 bail.

Jamison Hensley of ESPN reported the details of Cody's indictment:

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Cody faces animal cruelty charge involving a dog, animal abuse and neglect involving an alligator as well as a charge for drug possession

Earlier in the day, the Ravensย confirmedย that they had released Cody, something the team announced in its original statement on Friday, Jan. 23.

Cody to Be Released By Ravens

Friday, Jan. 23

The Baltimore Ravens announced they will release defensive tackle Terrence Cody following the Super Bowl. He's reportedly under investigation for animal cruelty.

Ryan Mink of the team's official site confirmed the plan to cut the 2010 second-round pick. The release didn't mention the ongoing investigation, however. It did note he was already scheduled to become a free agent this offseason:

The Ravens announced Friday they will terminate the contract of nose tackle Terrence Cody after Super Bowl XLIX next Sunday.

Cody was set to become an unrestricted free agent on March 10.

Aaron Wilson of Theย Baltimore Sun reports Cody has yet to be charged with any crime related to the inquiry. He notes the case involves a dog, and the Ravens were aware of it before making the decision to cut him a month before he was set to hit the open market anyway.

Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports has the thoughts of Cody's agent Peter Schaffer:

"There was no animal cruelty," Schaffer said. "If this affects at all my client's ability to get a job, I'm going to do everything in my legal power to protect his rights."

Wilson spoke with Baltimore County police, which stated the case is still being addressed:

Cody is under investigation for animal cruelty, and the case is being discussed with the Baltimore County State's attorney's office, said Elise Armacost, the director of communications for Baltimore County police.

Cody was a low-impact player for the Ravens this past season, appearing in just one game. In 2013 he played in 12 games in a rotational role, making just 15 tackles. Defensive tackle is a position of strength for Baltimore, with Haloti Ngata, Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan getting snaps on the interior.

The 26-year-old defender, who's struggled to reach expectations, will likely have to wait for the results of the investigation before any opportunities arise to continue his football career.


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