Ravens assistant arrested

OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens assistant special teams coach Bennie Thompson was arrested Sunday evening for violating a protective order and telephone misuse, according to a police report. Police said they responded to a complaint at the 3800 block of Glengyle Ave in Baltimore City, where a woman told officers that Thompson had used "rude, threatening" behavior toward her on the telephone.

Baltimore City Police spokesman Troy Harris said the officers were shown a protective order originally filed by a former girlfriend against Thompson in Howard County.

Harris said the officers then arrested Thompson, a former Pro Bowl special teams player for the Ravens, without incident at his home in Pikesville.

Thompson, 40, was released on his own recognizance at a bail hearing Monday morning.

"The case was brought by a very disgruntled ex-girlfriend's friend; it's not even the girlfriend," said Terry S. Lavenstein, Thompson's attorney. "It was a protective order relating to the ex-girlfriend, not her friend, so these charges are just groundless."

Lavenstein indicated that the judge encouraged the prosecutor to consider dismissing the charges, but the prosecutor declined to do so. A court date has been set for June, but Lavenstein said he was confident that the case will be thrown out before Thompson has to appear.

Thompson was voted to Pro Bowls in 1998 and 1991 and had 197 career special teams tackles, 149 as a defensive back, six sacks and seven interceptions in 11 NFL seasons. He played for the Ravens, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.

"I don't know what the impetus for these girls is, but it may be money-related," Lavenstein said. "The girlfriend asked Bennie for more money. When he said no, these charges came the next day. From a circumstantial standpoint, it seems fishy, but I'll have to delve into it further."

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