As if the Baltimore Ravens’ offseason hasn’t already been bad enough, it just got a little worse when rookie running back Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested on Saturday on charges of destruction of property and public drunkenness.
According to local police, Taliaferro was arrested around 1:15 in the morning after getting out of cab and breaking one of the windows. He was found a block away and taken into custody.
Taliaferro is the fourth Raven to be arrested this offseason, joining Ray Rice, Jah Reid and Deonte Thompson as the other Baltimore players to find themselves behind bars. The 2014 fourth-round pick recently signed a four-year, $2.52 million deal, but will already be forced to part with some of his dough either via fines or settlements. The NFL could also choose to take action, but it seems unlikely considering the severity (or lack thereof) of the incident.
While it certainly isn’t as bad as hitting a woman – as Rice is alleged to have done – Taliaferro’s misdemeanor run-in with the law isn’t a good first impression for the Ravens. The rookie was expected to push current backup Bernard Pierce for considerable snaps with Rice facing a likely suspension, but is going to have to overcome this latest setback to endear himself with coaches.
The fact that two of the Ravens’ top three running backs have been arrested this offseason isn’t a promising sign for a team coming off a disappointing 2013 campaign. Baltimore needs some stability at the position, and spending significant time bailing its players out of jail isn’t helping.
Taliaferro still has a promising future with the Ravens, but this early blemish on his record isn’t reassuring.