Ravens' Rolle receives probation for domestic dispute in February

Tennessee judge's ruling is for 11 months, 29 days

NFL suspension unlikely

Pro Football

April 07, 2005|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,SUN STAFF

Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle was placed on probation for 11 months and 29 days by judge Al Nations of the Williamson County General Sessions Court yesterday after a domestic dispute in February.

Rolle was arrested and charged with assault after an altercation with his wife at the couple's home in Brentwood, Tenn., on Feb. 15. Danisha Rolle was treated and released from a local hospital that night for a cut over her left eye that required three stitches.

According to police, Rolle struck his wife during an argument. After turning himself in a day later, he was taken before a magistrate at the Williamson County Criminal Justice Center, where he posted a $1,000 bond and was released (Danisha Rolle never pressed charges against her husband).

The Rolles will now have to undergo marriage counseling, and Samari Rolle will also have to take an anger management course. If Rolle does not violate the terms of his probation and completes the counseling and the anger management course, the charge will be expunged from his criminal record.

"There has been no judicial finding that he has done anything," Rolle's lawyer, Peter Strianse, told The Tennesseean of Nashville. "Obviously, he loves his wife. There's never been any interruption in their relationship. They have resided together as husband and wife, and things are fine between them."

Said District Attorney General Ron Davis: "We talked with the victim and the victim did not want to see the case prosecuted any further. We tried to abide by the victim's wishes but also to treat the matter seriously to make sure that something like this never happens again."

Rolle was a salary cap cut by the Tennessee Titans this offseason and signed a six-year, $30.5 million contract with the Ravens in March that also includes an $11 million signing bonus. He is expected to team with Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister and safety Ed Reed, last season's Defensive Player of the Year, to form one of the league's premier defensive backfields.

It is unlikely the NFL will further discipline Rolle with a suspension because his prior record is clean, but Rolle could face a fine. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Michael Pittman was suspended three games and fined two more game checks after a domestic dispute last year, but Pittman spent 14 days in jail for intentionally ramming his sport-utility vehicle into a car carrying his wife, 2-year-old son and the couple's babysitter, and it was his second domestic dispute offense.

The Ravens will not discipline Rolle and do not expect the league will either.

"That's his due process," said Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president of community and public relations. "That's good news for he and his wife. We've spent time with both, and they are good people and a good couple."

The Rolles were married in November 2003 and have one child together, Jamir Toure' Rolle.

NOTES: The Ravens re-signed receiver Patrick Johnson. Johnson, a second-round pick by the team in 1998, spent two games with the Ravens last year but did not have a reception.

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