It's been a quiet NFL Fantasy Crime season so far in 2015. After the initial flurry a few weeks ago -- the infamous Randle-Guion-Jackson triangle of transgression -- there's really been nothing to speak of.
Ahmad Bradshaw getting popped for weed on February 5, but other than that, the offseason has been one big popcorn fart crime-wise. Don't tell Roger Goodell, please. He may actually take credit for this.
However, the champion in any sport being woken up (the "sleeping giant" phenomenon) can really get things kick-started. That's why, for crime enthusiasts like myself, it's nice to see the 2014 FCL champion Baltimore Ravens get on the scoreboard!
Courtesy of WSOC in Charlotte:
A defensive back for the Baltimore Ravens was arrested on driving while impaired charges in Charlotte Saturday, according to investigators with the North Carolina Highway Patrol.
Victor Hampton, 22, is facing DWI, speeding, reckless driving and open container charges.
Investigators said a trooper clocked a convertible Camaro traveling 100 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 77 near Westinghouse Boulevard at approximately 12:26 a.m. The trooper initiated his emergency equipment, and the Camaro was stopped about two miles down the interstate, near Arrowood Road.
Investigators said as the trooper approached the Camaro, he observed two passengers attempting to hide firearms under the front passenger seat.
Hampton was identified as the driver of the Camaro. Investigators said the trooper conducted a DWI investigation and determined Hampton's blood-alcohol level was .10. The legal limit in the state of North Carolina is .08. Hampton was arrested and booked into the Mecklenburg County jail where he later posted bond.
Hampton is a former University of South Carolina Gamecock, and just signed with the Ravens this offseason after spending his rookie year in the Bengals' training camp and on the Giants' practice squad. I would say that this is no way to ingratiate yourself with your new employers, but we are talking about the 2014 FCL champs here.
Who knows? Maybe this will help Hampton ascend the depth chart even faster!
If the Ravens are indeed unhappy with Hampton, they have not let on yet. When asked by Channel 9 for comment, the Ravens emailed back the following: "We are just learning of the situation and attempting to find out more."
Oh, if you were paying attention, perhaps you noticed there were some guns getting hidden under a seat or something, by Hampton's two buddies in the car? Yeah, they didn't go unnoticed, and if Hampton had anything to do with those guns, his boys did him a favor by saying they were theirs (or, perhaps they were actually theirs).
Investigators cited the right front seat passenger for possession of marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon, and the right rear passenger was also charged with carrying a concealed weapon. With Hampton's plate so full of poor and inebriated driving offenses, some weed and a gun would've made him a five tool crime star!
Oh, by the way, here's his mugshot....
— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) March 1, 2015
Nice curly Q little dealio, Vic.
Now, here are our revised standings (pending the charges for Hampton being clarified and itemized):
FANTASY CRIME LEAGUE STANDINGS
GREEN BAY PACKERS .. 6 points * 2/3/15: Packers DT Letroy Guion is arrested for felony possession of marijuana and felony possession of a firearm.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS .. 3 points * 3/1/15: Ravens DB Victor Hampton is arrested for DWI.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS ... 2 point * 2/3/15: Colts LB D'Qwell Jackson is arrested for assault. * 2/5/15: Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw is charged with marijuana possession.
DALLAS COWBOYS ... 1 point * 2/3/15: Cowboys RB Joseph Randle is cited for marijuana (unclear if it's a misdemeanor or just a citation, so FCL scoring is pending)