Former Baltimore Ravens’ Terrence Cody will never get the chance to revive his football career as he will be serving jail time of up to nine months after the court ruling Thursday for animal cruelty.
Reuters reported through Yahoo Sports reports that Cody will serving his sentence at a Maryland jail after he found guilty of starving to death his dog, a mastiff. He was found guilty of six count of misdemeanor, including illegal possession of an alligator, drugs and paraphernalia charges.
TMZ reported that the authorities have released his mug shot after being arrested for the charges.
The report also stated that Cody starved his pet dog for four weeks in his home in Reistertown, Maryland and when authorities searched the house, police described it as a “house of death.” However, Cody denied all the charges.
“The house smelled like a pot den, and it smelled like death,” Assistant State’s Attorney Adam Lippe said.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a statement over CBS for a call to all NFL players to enroll into their empathy program to learn more how to care for animals, children and women. They added that the player’s action also reflects the team’s inability to make any sanctions or punishment for the said crimes.
“PETA wonders how many times the NFL has to be asked to enroll its players in an empathy training program—and when cruelty to animals, children, and women will be grounds to be chucked out of the game?” the PETA statement reads.
“The Baltimore Ravens cut Terrence Cody over cruelty allegations last year, which is to the team’s credit, but it seems that even if Cody had been caught on tape starving his dog in an elevator, the NFL still would have welcomed him back. All eyes are on the NFL to make it clear that the gridiron should be home to compassionate players like Tyrann Mathieu, Jarvis Landry, and Stevie Johnson, not a breeding ground for bullies.”
Cody was the 57th overall pick of the Ravens in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He then signed a four-year, $3.385 million maximum value contract with the Ravens until he was released by the team on Jan. 23, 2015.
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