Did Ray Rice Avoid Fine by Giving Cop Autograph?
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice (27) breaks free from New England Patriots Brandon Meriweather (31), Leigh Bodden, center, and James Sanders (36) to score a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage during the first quarter of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
AP Photo/Elise Amendola
Baltimore County police say they won't discipline the officer who got an autograph from Ravens running back Ray Rice after warning him about the tint on his vehicle's windshield.
Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough says investigators determined that Rice didn't get special treatment and that there was no quid pro quo for the autograph.
Rice had posted a statement on Twitter that suggested he got out of a ticket in exchange for the autograph. According to the Baltimore Sun
, the tweet read: "Just got pulled over for my tints smh [shaking my head] But gave the officer a autograph for his son and he let me go."
He deleted the post and later said it had been poorly worded.
McCullough says the officer verbally warned Rice that the tint on his white Range Rover's windshield was darker than the law allows. It's not unusual for officers to issue warnings in such cases, allowing people to remove the tint and avoid a citation.
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