Or is this just a bizarre case of mistaken identity? A man whose name and birth date exactly matches Baltimore Ravens cornerback Drrick Martin was arrested at Cleveland's airport who found marijuana in his possession. According to the Ravens, Martin denies that the incident occurred, raising the possibility of pure coincidence.
Hopefully, this is not the same Derrick Martin, who along with his other reserve cornerbacks, played so poorly in place of injured starters Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle last season. If you're a star in the NFL and get in legal trouble, you're probably going to get a pass of sorts, at least from your own team. However, if you've just finished a horrible season, one minor slip like this could signal the pink slip real quick.
Let's not put the cart in front of the horse just yet, as the specific details of this news still need unraveling. Hopefully, this is just a case of mistaken identity and Martin can return to anonymity as a minor reserve at best in the Ravens secondary's game plan.
Updated 7/1/08: According to the Associated Press, it is indeed the Ravens' Derrick Martin who was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana at Cleveland's airport, even though he told the Ravens himself that it did not happen. Not good for Derrick!