Do the Ravens’ players have cabin fever or something? It’s a little over a week since running back Ray Rice was arrested on a domestic violence charge stemming from an altercation with his fiancée in Atlantic City. And now wide receiver Deonte Thompson has been arrested on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to The Baltimore Sun on Feb. 24.
Bearing in mind that an arrest does not mean a conviction, the Baltimore Ravens have said they would like to let the legalities play out in the Ray Rice situation. Now they are going to have to do the same thing with Deonte Thompson.
The upcoming season was key for Thompson. He was one of the so-called “breakout” players last season, one of the keys to the wide receiver position in Baltimore. Sadly, he missed the first three games due to a foot injury in the preseason. He was also inactive during the final six games. That didn't give him much of a chance to prove himself to the powers that be.
Besides what the team might do, there is also the matter of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy which could generate suspensions, fines and more to the two players just for the arrests. That will be up to Commissioner Roger Goodell and he doesn't have to wait for the legal matters to be concluded before he acts.
Right now, the Ravens are in a waiting game. Owner Steve Bisciotti and the rest of the organization can’t be happy about this turn of events with Ray Rice and Deonte Thompson. One thing’s for certain, the rest of the team better watch their step for the balance of the off-season.