As if athletes needed a reminder that nothing good happens after midnight, the Baltimore Ravens are dealing with the aftermath of an incident involving kick returner/wide receiver Jacoby Jones in the early-morning hours Monday in Washington, D.C.
The incident left his coach fuming and one of his former teammates shaking his head at the Super Bowl champions’ leadership void. According to a TMZ report, Jones was on a party bus with teammates celebrating the birthday of Bryant McKinnie when an exotic dancer named “Sweet Pea” hit him in the face with an Ace of Spades champagne bottle.
“I’m not very impressed personally with the report,” Coach John Harbaugh said. “It’s not something we want to be known for. I’d like to think it’s not something that those guys would want to be known for. It’s nothing to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”
Jones, who is recovering from a knee injury and did not play in the Ravens’ game Sunday, reported Monday at the team’s facility for a walk-through. “As far as Jacoby, he’s fine,” Harbaugh said. “He went through everything today that he was supposed to go through. He didn’t miss anything.”
Harbaugh said that he spoke with players, but preferred to keep details to himself. He did, though, remind everyone that, “nothing good happens after midnight. I did reiterate that with the guys today, yes.”
Gwendolyn Crump, the director of communications for the Metropolitan Police Department, told the Baltimore Sun that “police were flagged down Monday morning shortly before 3 a.m. for an altercation that was occurring at 15th and I Street NW.” The injured person, she said, “indicated that he did not know how he obtained the injury, refused medical treatment on the scene and refused to go to the hospital.” Jones did not respond to a Sun request for comment and his agent said he was fine.
Ray Lewis, now an ESPN analyst, noted before the “Monday Night Football” game that leadership would be a question mark for the Ravens, who lost Ed Reed and, ahem, Ray Lewis, after the Super Bowl. “We talk about the transition of losing so many guys, a guy like myself and Ed Reed and other guys that are based off leadership, I’ve said it earlier: ‘Where would the leadership come from?’” Lewis said. “Because the leadership being strong in the locker room and winning games, listen talent sometimes can win you games. But when you talk about what’s going on off the field, that’s the most important place where leadership steps up.
“When you think about the Baltimore Ravens and the transition that they went through, they’re missing leadership right now. When you have an incident like that, the first thing a leader is going to do is find some way to dissolve everything that’s going on and actually dissolve it before it comes to that type of head or even gets to that point. When you talk about the Baltimore Ravens, they’re going to have to refocus and find some quick leaders in that locker room very quickly.”
The incident quickly sent the profile of Sweet Pea sky-rocketing Monday afternoon. The woman believed to be Sweet Pea denied hitting Jones in a tweet, saying only that she and Jones had had a “verbal confrontation.” She denied reports calling her a stripper, saying that she’s waitress.
McKinnie was involved in the Minnesota Vikings’ party-boat scandal in 2005.