Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last night, according to the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Smith was slapped with a misdemeanor charge, as police were told there was an unconscious woman in the bathroom of a restaurant and bar in Towson called The Green Turtle. The fourth-year pro was arrested for failing to obey orders from officers, and he only started cooperating with police after his arrest.
It’s just the latest off-field incident for the Ravens, but this one appears to be a minor one. Wilson reports that police stated Smith was helping the woman, who was drunk and nauseous, but was cited for not moving aside to clear way for the medical help that arrived after being ordered by the police to move. Wilson reports that the former first-round pick has a “pending” court date after his first arrest since coming into the league after some off-field issues in college.
The Ravens exercised Smith’s fifth-year option, and he’s coming off of the best season of his career. At just 25, Smith will be hitting his prime soon, and he has the playmaking ability to best his two interceptions from last year. Talented but inconsistent in his first two seasons, Smith improved his overall coverage ability last year, and he, Lardarius Webb, and Matt Elam could be a stalwart trio next year if all goes as planned. Smith will make $6.898 million on his option next season after defending 16 passes in 2013, and his play in coverage will only get better now that the raw edges have mostly been shaved away from his game with experience.