Ravens WR Deonte Thompson arrested for marijuana over the weekend
Thompson was a passenger in a Chevrolet SUV that was initially pulled over around 11:45 p.m. Friday night for driving without headlights on, according to the Gainesville, Fla., police department. Things got worse when an officer at the scene "noticed a strong odor of burned cannabis" coming from the car. A search of the vehicle produced a duffle bag with several smaller bags of marijuana, weighing a over 20 grams.
While Thompson told the officers that the bag was his, he did not take responsibility for the marijuana found in the car. The other two passengers in the car owned up to the police that the drugs found in the car were actually theirs.
The Ravens released a brief statement on Saturday, indicating that the team is already aware of the situation.
"We are gathering more facts,” added team spokesman Chad Steele. “There are two sides to every story."
Despite his outstanding speed and holding the confidence of his teammates before the start of the 2013 season, Thompson did not develop into the Ravens’ top receivers. The former undrafted rookie out of Florida played this past season while also injuries dented his chances of breaking into the lineup. Thompson had 10 catches for 96 yards in seven games during his second NFL season. For his career, Thompson has totaled just 15 catches 147 yards and zero touchdowns in 13 games.
Since Thompson does not have a history of off-field problems, this will be his first-offense under the league’s personal-conduct policy. In that context, it’s unlikely that Thompson will face a suspension after his case has been reviewed by the league. However, the timing of the arrest could make things tricky for Thompson as the Ravens are already dealing with another high-profile legal case – an aftermath to the scuffle Rice had with his fiancée at a New Jersey casino. At the moment it does not appear as if the Ravens will release Rice, but Thompson could be on the roster bubble entering the 2014 offseason.