Baltimore Ravens have today fired Bernard Pierce just hours after it was announced that he had been arrested for DUI. Pierce has become the third player from the Ravens to be arrested since the end of the 2014 NFL season, and just like the two other Baltimore players to find themselves on the wrong side of the law, Pierce has been fired shortly after his arrest.
"The Baltimore Ravens cut Bernard Pierce only hours after the reserve running back was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday morning," ESPN reported on Wednesday.
"Pierce was the third Ravens player to be arrested this offseason, and the Ravens have now cut all three within a day of learning of their off-field incidents."
The former starter for Baltimore was pulled over by police in Baltimore in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and was subsequently arrested for DUI, according to Baltimore County Police.
It is said that Pierce was over the alcohol limit and was also caught speeding. Furthermore, it has been revealed by ESPN that the running back allegedly wanted to keep the arrest quiet and kept off the books.
"According to charging documents, Pierce told the arresting officer while en route to the precinct following his arrest: "Do you know what happened the last time a Ravens player got a DUI? I'm getting cut tomorrow, not like you care.
"Pierce also asked if "the incident could be kept off the books.""
Had this incident happened last season, it is likely that Bernard Pierce would still be with the Ravens. But after the issues the franchise faced last year when Ray Rice was suspended for two games for domestic abuse - before he was suspended for the whole season and cut from the team after his domestic violence video went public - Baltimore are now clearly paying more attention to their reputation.