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Baltimore Ravens release Terrence Cody due to animal cruelty charges

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It was revealed earlier in the year that Terrence Cody would be released by the Baltimore Ravens after the Super Bowl, now we know why.

According to reports from ESPN, the defensive tackle has been indicted on 15 accounts of various animal abuse charges and the Ravens have moved quickly to get him out of the organization after they had to deal with the Ray Rice scandal earlier this year.

Cody would have been a free agent at the end of the season anyway and would likely have been moving on, but the Ravens decided to get in there early and announced he would be leaving two weeks ago. That seemed a rather odd move at the time. It doesn't anymore.

Illegal Alligator

The list of counts against Cody include two counts of aggravated animal cruelty with a dog, five counts of animal abuse or neglect with the same dog, one count of illegal possession of an alligator and five counts of animal abuse or neglect with the alligator. Cody also was indicted on one count of possession with intent to use drug paraphernalia and one count of possession of marijuana.

Yes you read that correctly, one of the counts against Cody is indeed illegal possession of an alligator. Wow. That's a next level, James Bond villain-esque charge against the 26-year old.

The Ravens had announced last Friday they planned to release Cody after the Super Bowl, the earliest that NFL teams can terminate contracts. Cody was scheduled to become a free agent when the NFL year ended on March 10.

The Baltimore Sun also had reported on Friday that Cody was under investigation for animal cruelty after his dog had died. Cody and his agents are claiming that the player loved the dog and this was unfortunate, but their argument of worms may not hold up against a jury.

Pushed Out

Brandon Williams excelled in his first season as a starting nose tackle for Baltimore, with his emergence relegating Cody down the pecking order, and the Ravens have depth along the defensive line.

Last season, Cody played only one game after being on the physically unable to perform list for the first nine weeks of the season. His only season as a full-time starter for the Ravens was in 2011.

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