Jimmy Smith has happy mugshot after arrest for helping cocaine overdoser

Jimmy Smith mug shot

Does this look like the face of a man arrested for doing something wrong?

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly disturbing the peace while assisting a woman who overdosed on cocaine at a Towson bar.

Police were called to The Greene Turtle after a woman was found unconscious in the bathroom. Smith was in the bathroom trying to assist her and told police he had done a photoshoot with the woman earlier in the evening. A small bag of cocaine allegedly was found in the woman’s purse.

Smith was trying to help the woman and allegedly would not follow officers’ orders when asked to move aside.

Details via The Baltimore Sun:

According to the police report, Smith was told that because he wasn’t related to the woman and wasn’t helping her that he needed to leave so that medical personnel could attend to her and Smith replied: “I am helping her.”

According to the police report, Smith was asked three times by an officer to leave the restroom before being ushered out to the hallway. Smith allegedly cursed at the arresting officer and asked him “What the [expletive] are you gonna do?” When told again to leave, Smith replied: [Expletive] you. What the [expletive] are you gonna do?”

Smith is the fifth Ravens player arrested this offseason, though he is by far the happiest. I think you have to let the guy go based solely on that mugshot. Nobody that happy could have possibly done something wrong.

Gina Carano in the UFC? Dana White says he will sign her next week

Gina CaranoNow that Ronda Rousey has run through all the competition in the UFC, organization boss Dana White is looking outside the promotion to bring in more potential opponents. During the week he announced the signing of boxer/kickboxer Holly Holm. Next week he plans to add Gina Carano to the roster.

“One down, one to go,” White told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto of his plans to add challengers to Rousey. “I’m going to meet with Gina next week and get that f—ing thing done. Next week, man.

“It’s just a matter of me and Lorenzo going to jump on a plane to Los Angeles, get in a room with her and her lawyer and get this thing done.”

Carano (7-1) moved on to a movie career after losing to Cyborg Justino in 2009 and has not fought since then. White says Gina has an interest in fighting (Carano has said she’s interest in a return) and facing Rousey and that it’s just a matter of agreeing on a contract.

Though Carano’s ability to challenge Rousey is in question, there is little doubt about the drawing power of such a fight. Carano has become a movie star in the last five years and has received more attention since dating actor Henry Cavill. Rousey is one of the biggest stars in the UFC. The two of them fighting each other would generate all sorts of buzz and interest.

The only problem is that Carano might want to return for one fight and one fight only: Rousey. She doesn’t belong in the octagon with Rousey for her first fight back, but can she and the UFC risk her taking a loss in a tuneup fight? Probably not. The better fight is Rousey-Holm, while Rousey-Carano is the one that will sell the best.

Glove touch to SI Wire

Hakeem Nicks and girlfriend Ariel Meredith now engaged

Hakeem Nicks Ariel Meredeth

Hakeem Nicks is having himself quite the offseason.

The Indianapolis Colts wide receiver proposed to girlfriend Ariel Meredith, and the SI swimsuit model said yes. She announced on Twitter and Instagram Saturday.

Friday marked Meredith’s 28th birthday, so we’re guessing Hakeem proposed to her on her special day.

The two have been dating for a bit of time, though we didn’t first pick up on that until March.

Meredith first appeared in the SI Swimsuit Edition in 2009 and has appeared in it every year from 2012-2014.

Nicks is 26 and younger than his future wife. He is from Charlotte, went to North Carolina for college, and he was drafted by the Giants in 2009, meaning both of them made their rookie debuts in the same year. After spending his entire career with the Giants, Nicks signed with the Colts this offseason.

After her big weekend, our friend Andy Gray at SI Hot Clicks might have to consider giving her a second run as Lovely Lady of the Day. In honor of her birthday, Gray made Meredith the LLOD Friday.

Below is a must-see GIF of Meredith:

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LeBron James Cavs contract reportedly two years, $42 million

LeBron-CavsDetails of LeBron James’ contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers emerged on Saturday, and they may surprise you a bit. While most of us assumed LeBron would sign a maximum four-year deal worth around $90 million, he has reportedly only committed to the Cavs for two years — at least on paper.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN reports that LeBron signed a two-year, $42.1 million contract with the Cavs. However, Windhorst noted that LeBron remains “fully committed to the Cavs long term.” The Decision 3.0 is unlikely to ever take place, as the goal of LeBron’s current contract is to allow him to get a max contract with the league’s next collective bargaining agreement. He also has a clause that allows him to opt out of the deal next year.

A new television contract is expected to result in a large increase in the NBA’s salary cap before the 2016-2017 season. When that happens, LeBron will only be 31 and can sign another max contract with Cleveland that will likely be worth significantly more than a max deal would be worth right now.

Of course, there is some risk involved on James’ end. He could (heaven forbid) suffer a career-ending injury this season. LeBron makes somewhere in the range of $40 million off the court each year, so he can afford to gamble a bit.

Although we would never rule out the possibility of LeBron causing the sports world to grind to a halt with another free agency decision in 2016, it doesn’t seem likely. James wrote in his essay that he wants to finish his career in Cleveland. Jumping around more will do nothing for his legacy. We’re guessing he’s back home to stay.

Bulls reach out to Dwyane Wade

Dwyane WadeThe impact of LeBron James leaving the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers is already being felt.

Not only has LeBron left for Cleveland, but Chris Bosh may be on his way to Houston. And if that’s not enough, Dwyane Wade may have some options, too.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls have reached out to Dwyane Wade to gauge his interest.

Wade is from Chicago. Recall that before James and Bosh signed on to join Wade in Miami in 2010, Wade visited with the Bulls as a free agent and said he gave them serious consideration.

The Bulls are currently waiting to hear back from Carmelo Anthony about whether he will sign with them or remain with the Knicks. They obviously feel that Wade is a good backup option to explore.

Caroline’s Cupcakes in Ohio scooped everyone on LeBron James decision

LeBron Cupcake

Amid all the craziness and wild reports about LeBron James’ impending second free agent decision, none other than a cupcake shop in Ohio scooped all the reporters.

On July 5, six days before James wrote a first-person essay announcing he would be returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Caroline’s Cupcakes in Jackson Township, Ohio, said LeBron would be coming back.

Here’s what they wrote on their Facebook page:

Just texting with a friend who is directly tied in with Lebron and his camp, and he swears on his life ‪#‎TheReturn‬ to Cleveland is a done deal. Per his sources, calls have already been made to other current Cavaliers to spread the news. If this is true, and like anything on the internet, take that with a grain of salt… are you ready to get out your old jersey and welcome Lebron home?!?

And they nailed it!

Apparently doubling as an NBA insider is also good for business for the dessert shop. Caroline’s Cupcakes were going like hotcakes on Thursday:

And being plugged-in to the NBA scene has made Caroline’s an authority on all things sports:

Congratulations to Caroline’s — they deserve all the attention after getting that scoop right.

And while we’re on the subject of scoops, let’s recognize Chris Sheridan for being so confident that LeBron was returning to Cleveland. He also got it right.

LeBron James does not mention Andrew Wiggins, who could be traded for Kevin Love

Kevin LoveThe Cleveland Cavaliers made the biggest offseason splash their franchise will ever make on Friday when LeBron James announced he is coming back home, and they may not be done dealing just yet. A previous report indicated that the Cavs would try to trade for Kevin Love if they were able to sign LeBron. That remains a definite possibility.

In the piece that he wrote with Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins, LeBron mentioned how it will be a “long process” before he and his new teammates are a championship contender. He went on to name a few of them including Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. LeBron did not mention Andrew Wiggins.

I think I can help Kyrie Irving become one of the best point guards in our league. I think I can help elevate Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters. And I can’t wait to reunite with Anderson Varejao, one of my favorite teammates.

You could argue that he only mentioned a few names so leaving Wiggins out was a coincidence, but I doubt that is the case. There has to be a reason James left out the No. 1 overall pick in the draft when touching on Cleveland’s potential. In all likelihood, the Cavs are exploring trade possibilities for Kevin Love and the Timberwolves want Wiggins.

Naturally, Love has reportedly said he would sign long term if dealt to the Cavs.

The Cavs will be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference with either Wiggins or Love, but Love is a proven NBA difference maker. Wiggins is a bit more of a gamble, albeit one that could pay huge dividends in a few years.