A Baltimore Ravens football player arrested in March following a fight at a Key West bar must apologize to his victims and go through an anger-management class, among other things, a judge decided Friday.
The sentence handed down by Monroe County Court Judge Peary Fowler means Jah Reid, 25, a reserve offensive lineman, will avoid jail if he fulfills the requirements of his 12-month pretrial diversion.
Reid was arrested March 9 at the Red Garter, 208 Duval St., and charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery.
City police say Reid and Edmond Mussa, 21, bumped into each other at the bar. They exchanged words, then Reid allegedly head-butted Mussa, punched him until he hit the floor and started kicking him.
When security guard David Smith tried to break up the fight, Reid allegedly punched him in the face. While that was going on, Benjamin Buxton, 23, who apparently was with Reid, entered the fray and started punching Mussa, according to the report.
Another security guard, Jason Martinez, tried to pull Buxton off Mussa, and Buxton started punching Martinez. Buxton, from Cape Coral, was arrested for battery along with Reid.
Fowler ordered Reid to go through the anger class, write apology letters to Mussa and Smith, perform 75 hours of community service, be subject to random urinalysis for six months and pay court costs of $208. If he completes everything, he will be released from the court's supervision after nine months rather than have to fulfill the full 12-month program.
Reid, from Haines City, was drafted in 2011 in the third round of the NFL draft out of the University of Central Florida. He's entering the final year of his four-year rookie contract. He's played in a combined 35 games the past three seasons.
Buxton's case, before Judge Wayne Miller, remains pending.