Baltimore Ravens have been dealt a huge blow to their image yet again after star running back Bernard Pierce was arrested today.
The Ravens suffered one of the NFL's most serious off the field issues last season when Ray Rice was arrested for domestic abuse and then eventually suspended for the rest of the season following the leak of his domestic violence video.
But do not think a new season has brought improved fortunes for the Ravens, with the dark revelation today out of Baltimore being the fact that another star running back, Bernard Pierce, has been arrested - this time on the charge of driving under the influence (DUI). This is now the third time a Ravens player has been arrested on a DUI charge.
"Baltimore Ravens running back Bernard Pierce was arrested early Wednesday morning on a DUI charge," NFL.com reported on Wednesday.
"Pierce's 2014 Ford Mustang was stopped just before 2 a.m. for speeding at Dulaney Valley Road and I-695 in Towson, Maryland, the Baltimore County Police Department said in a report obtained by NFL Media."
"After failing field sobriety tests, Pierce was arrested and taken to the Towson precinct for processing. The 23-year-old Pierce was processed and released."
There is no doubt that this situation is in no way as bad as the Ray Rice saga for the Ravens. But nonetheless, it provides yet another troubling issue for the franchise - and subsequently simultaneously solidifies Justin Forsett's number one spot on the running back depth chart in Baltimore.
But while the situation may bring a wry smile to Forsett's face, it is certainly no laughing matter for the Baltimore Ravens.
"We are aware of the situation and learning more about it. We take these matters seriously," a Ravens team spokesman said of the incident, NFL.com reported.
This blow will not end Bernard Pierce's career in Baltimore, but he will have some serious making up to do during the next few months at the Ravens.