Former Chant, future Raven RB Taliaferro arrested in VA

ccufoot-15sweepFormer Coastal Carolina All-American running back and fourth-round draft pick of the Baltimore Ravens Lorenzo Taliaferro was arrested in Williamsburg, VA, over the weekend.

According to the police report filed by the arresting officer, Taliaferro was part of an unruly group in a Williamsburg taxi cab that had its window broken out. The driver identified Taliaferro as the passenger who broke the window and police arrested him for suspicion of public intoxication and destruction of property. Both charges are misdemeanors and his court date is set for June 3.

Although a seemingly minor offense, the incident comes at a bad time for Taliaferro and the Ravens. Just last week the NFL announced a tougher substance-abuse policy that would suspend players for first-time DUIs and other alcohol-related offenses.

The incident also comes amid pending assault charges against Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was arrested following an altercation with his fiancee Janay Palmer in Atlantic City, N.J., on Feb. 15 in which he struck her. They married later in the month.

Part of the reason the Ravens decided to draft Taliaferro was for a possible replacement for Rice, who also has been dealing with injury issues. Taliaferro, who recently signed a four-year rookie deal worth $2.5 million with a signinging bonus of $300,000, is expected to join the Ravens for the first round of OTAs next month and compete for a roster spot and playing time in training camp.

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