I’m sure the Ravens players were told at the end of last season to stay out of trouble. I’m also pretty sure that these were probably included in Harbaugh’s parting words in previous seasons. And even though everybody knew that the events over the past season would change the mindset of the front office, I still wonder if all of the players took this to heart.
Fast forward two months and we’ve had three players cut and one of our star players who was suspended last year for PEDs traded. I know Haloti’s trade was mainly for contract reasons but you throw in the Adderall use (his stellar performance up to the suspension was probably due in part because of the drugs) and his age and I’m sure he wasn’t surprised by the trade.
Then think about Bernard “Barely Playing” Pierce, Terrence “In The Doghouse” Cody and New Guy (Victor Hampton) all being released quickly after their arrests and it feels like a Zero Tolerance policy. The offenses by these players were egregious while the swift removal from the team implies guilty until proven innocent.
The Baltimore Ravens have had the highest number of players arrested since 2012. What’s changed since our SuperBowl Championship? A lot – for starters the changes locker room leadership. Who’s mentoring the younger players and respected by the veterans? Why are some players choosing to make poor choices that could ultimately cost them their livelihoods? I don’t want to see any more negative stories about Ravens players on TMZ.
Currently the Ravens are stating that they have not implemented a zero tolerance policy. But the players who have had a police run-in may feel differently. I applaud the team for taking a strong stance against misconduct by any player off the field but what happens when a Baby’s Mama gets mad and calls the police on someone? What happens if it’s a star player that gets arrested? Just don’t play both sides of the fence.