It is not uncommon for NFL players to have the occasional run in with the law.
But when three of your players are arrested in the space of 22 days it can probably grind on you a little.
And that is exactly the situation currently facing Baltimore Ravens head coach, John Harbaugh.
On February 15, Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for simple assault, Deonte Thompson followed on Feb. 21 for possession of marijuana, and Jah Reid (backup offensive lineman) was arrested March 9. on two misdemeanour charges of battery stemming from a bar fight.
And it is clearly something of an issue for Harbaugh:
"it's unacceptable. It's disappointing," he said at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Florida today.
But the 51-year old is not willing to give up on the trio just yet:
"You also separate the person from the activity, and redemption is something that we think is important as well.
"If there is ever a point in time when we feel that person has lost value for our team, starting with football or because of their character, then you move on from those guys.
"But those guys aren't to that point," said Harbaugh.
The coach reiterated the sentiments of Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti who yesterday insisted Rice would return to the team this season and has decided a path of recovery is more suitable than outright punishment:
"He will be part of our team.
"He's a person of character. The thing that's really important is to be able to support the person without condoning the action."
Rice is facing action after being seen to drag his unconscious fiancee from a casino elevator.
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