Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey was arrested in Tuscaloosa on Thursday and charged with third-degree robbery, but the rookie insists there is a reasonable explanation for why police think he was trying to steal a relatively inexpensive item.
According to an incident report obtained by Michael Casagrande of AL.com, Humphrey was arrested by University of Alabama police after he stole a $15 cell phone charger. While the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s booking information says he was charged with third-degree robbery, which is a felony, the incident report lists the act as a misdemeanor of fourth-degree theft. The incident reportedly took place in the early morning of Jan. 13 at the Hotel Capstone on Alabama’s campus, with the victim listed as a 30-year-old man. The suspect — presumably Humphrey — was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.
Humphrey, the No. 16 overall pick in last year’s draft, told the Ravens the arrest stemmed from a “misunderstanding” and he thought the charger belonged to him.
Statement from the Baltimore Ravens: pic.twitter.com/BF4f587whm
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 25, 2018
A copy of the incident report states that Humphrey borrowed a phone charger from an Uber driver and refused to return it.
Here's the info about why Marlon Humphrey is charged with robbery. An Uber driver was giving Humphrey and three women a ride to a hotel, said Humphrey asked to borrow a charger but refused to return it before elbowing him in the side. Charger didn't fit Humphrey's phone. pic.twitter.com/htNsHbuT74
— Stephanie Taylor (@TNews_Steph) January 25, 2018
While Humphrey’s arrest certainly isn’t the most high-profile theft arrest we have seen in sports recently, it’s pretty embarrassing for an NFL player to be accused of stealing a $15 phone charger. Humphrey had better hope his story checks out.
Humphrey started five games for the Ravens this season and appeared in all 16, recording 30 tackles and two interceptions.