NFL Notes: Jimmy Smith cited, released by police

NFL Notes: Jimmy Smith cited, released by police
July 13, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Jimmy Smith, who was arrested Saturday, is the fifth Ravens player arrested this offseason. (USA Today Images)

TOWSON, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation Saturday night for failing to follow an officer's orders.

The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman had reportedly passed out in the bathroom.

Police arrived and found the woman vomiting into a sink in the bathroom. Police say Smith was with her and refused to obey an officer's repeated orders to leave the bathroom.

Smith, 25, was cited late Saturday at a police precinct in Towson and then released.

A Ravens spokesman said Sunday that the team is "gathering information" on the incident.

Four other Ravens had encounters with the law this offseason. Running back Ray Rice was arrested for felony assault; offensive lineman Jah Reid was cited for felony aggravated assault; wide receiver Deonte Thompson was arrested for felony possession of marijuana; and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was charged with misdemeanor destruction of property.

Rice and Reid were accepted into a pretrial diversion program. Thompson had the charges dropped. Taliaferro has a court date scheduled for later this month.

Smith started all 16 games for the Ravens last season. He had 58 tackles, two interceptions and forced two fumbles in his third NFL season.

A first-round pick in 2011, Smith was a key contributor to Baltimore's Super Bowl win in February 2013. He had three tackles and knocked away a pass during the Ravens' goal-line stand in the closing minutes of a 34-31 victory over San Francisco.

- The Associated Press

Report: DEA investigating prescription drug abuse in NFL
According to the New York Daily News (via ProFootballTalk), the Drug Enforcement Administration is investigating prescription drug abuse in the NFL.

DEA agents from the New York division are speaking with former players about how they received access to prescription drugs such as Percodan, Vicodin and Toradol.

"They want to find out who provided and distributed the drugs to football players," a source told the Daily news.

The investigation, according to the report, began after attorneys representing nearly 1,300 retired players filed a class-action lawsuit in San Francisco federal court May 20. The lawsuit is accusing the league of providing prescription drugs illegally to keep players on the field.

The lawsuit has nine named plaintiffs, including former Bears and Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon, Hall of Fame defensive end Richard Dent and Pro Bowler DE Marcellus Wiley.


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