Baltimore Ravens Release Bernard Pierce Hours After Arrest

Bernard Pierce, Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens Release Bernard Pierce Hours After Arrest

Running back was driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday morning.

Published March 19, 2015

After dealing with Ray Rice's domestic violence incident last fall, the Baltimore Ravens are showing a zero-tolerance policy with any players who break the law.

The Ravens released reserved running back Bernard Pierce on Wednesday, hours after learning of his DUI-of-alcohol arrest earlier that same day, ESPN is reporting. With the release, Pierce became the third Ravens player who was arrested this off-season and cut by the team upon learning of the arrest, joining defensive tackle Terrence Cody (animal cruelty) and cornerback Victor Hampton (impaired driving).

Pierce was pulled over for speeding near the Baltimore beltway just before 2 a.m. Wednesday morning, before failing a sobriety test and being charged with DUI of alcohol.

According to documents obtained by ESPN, Pierce told the arresting police officer, "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care." He also reportedly asked if "the incident could be kept off the books." In slurred speech, he told the officer he weighed 530 pounds instead of his actual weight of 230.


Pierce, 23, rushed for 366 yards and two touchdowns through 13 games in a reserved running back role for the Ravens last season. Earlier this month, the Ravens signed running back Justin Forsett to a three-year, $9 million contract extension. Forsett, 29, rushed for 1,266 yards and eight touchdowns last season. 

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(Photo: AP Photo/Baltimore County Police Department)

Written by BET-Staff


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