Baltimore Ravens WR/KR Deonte Thompson was arrested this weekend in Florida for marijuana possession and possession of paraphernalia according to the Gainesville Police Department.
Here is a recap of the arrest according to the GPD…
14-3518 – DWLSR – Poss. Of Drug Paraphernalia – Poss. Of more than 20gms of cannabis – Warrant arrest: Cpl. M. Walters stopped a vehicle (2014 Chevy rented SUV) for driving without headlights (11:44pm.) Cpl. Walters noticed a strong odor of burned cannabis coming from the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed a bag containing multiple bags of cannabis, total weight of 29 gms. The driver, Alvon J. Summerall B/M 11/21/90, said that the cannabis was his. Summerall was also found to be driving on a revoked DL and had an active warrant out of Orange County, Florida for possession of cannabis with intent to sell. A vehicle passenger, Erskine J. McKinley B/M 09/27/89, also said that the cannabis was his and a third passenger, Deonte’ A. Thompson B/M 02/14/89, said the duffle bag containing the cannabis was his but denied ownership of the cannabis. DOJ X 3.
Thompson has been with the Ravens since 2012 after a solid career at the University of Florida, earning a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season. He made 10 catches in seven games in 2013 and returned seven kickoffs for 201 yards.
Thompson’s roster spot was already far from guaranteed going into the 2014 season and is certainly even more at risk following the arrest. The Ravens are particularly thin at both positions however, as Jacoby Jones is an unrestricted free agent and Tandon Doss is a restricted free agent. Veteran receiver Brandon Stokley announced he would retire at the end of last season, meaning Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown are the only other receivers on the roster who have made a catch in the NFL.
The Ravens are aware of the situation and offered the following statement Saturday night:
“We’re aware of the situation. We are gathering more facts. There are two sides to every story.”
Thompson’s arrest comes just one week after Ravens RB Ray Rice was arrested in Atlantic City for simple assault due to a domestic violence incident. That case remains open, neither the league nor the team has taken action yet.