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The team has had an array of arrests since the end of the 2014 season which ended with a divisional playoff loss to the Patriots in New England.
The team has cut nose tackle Terrence Cody [animal cruelty charges], cornerback Victor Hampton [driving while impaired charge] and running back Bernard Pierce (drunken driving charge) all within a day of learning of their incidents.
The team seems to have learned the hard way from last offseasons major headlines around running back Ray Rice, who struck his now wife in an elevator at a hotel in Atlantic City.
It wasn’t until TMZ got hold and released video of the incident at the Ravens took action, finally saying ‘so long’ to Rice and cutting ties with him all together.
Now the team seems to be going right in the other direction, getting rid of players right away after they get in trouble off the field.
Pierce knew that his release was coming. He told the arresting officer while en route to the precinct following his arrest: “Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I’m getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.”
Pierce also asked if “the incident could be kept off the books.”
The reserve running back was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while impaired by alcohol, exceeding maximum speed (55 mph in a posted 30 mph zone) and driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on a highway.
While they may not have wanted to take swift action, they needed to, as they would have looked foolish leaving him on the roster after they already released Hampton and Cody after their incidents.
How bad have things gotten with the Ravens off the field?
They have had nine members of their organization arrested over the past 13 months, which began with the Rice scandal.
General manager Ozzie Newsome said last month that the team will avoid signing and drafting players with any domestic violence incidents in their past.
Baltimore Team president Dick Cass told ESPN that the Ravens don’t have a zero-tolerance policy, despite it looking seriously like they do after their three releases this offseason.
“We have to look at each case individually,” Cass told ESPN.com at the NFL owners meetings Monday. “We look at a number of factors and make a decision based on those factors. It’s not a zero-tolerance policy at all. We’re still going to be willing to take second chances on people if they deserve it. I think it’s a mischaracterization to say it’s a zero-tolerance policy.”
For now, the Ravens have to live with their decisions. They also should look as to why it’s happening and what they can do to stop their players from getting in trouble.