Cop in clear over Ray Rice autograph
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore County police say they won't discipline an officer who got an autograph from Ravens running back Ray Rice after warning him about the tint on his vehicle's windshield.
Police spokesman Lt. Robert McCullough says investigators determined Rice didn't get special treatment Monday and there was no quid pro quo for the autograph.
Rice had posted a statement on Twitter that suggested he got out of a ticket in exchange for the autograph. He deleted the post and later said it had been poorly worded.
McCullough says the officer verbally warned Rice that the tint on his white Range Rover's windshield was darker than the law allows. It's not unusual for officers to issue warnings in such cases, allowing people to remove the tint and avoid a citation.
Rice insisted Tuesday that he only offered the officer an autograph after being issued a warning.
Rice said the only thing he did wrong was exercise bad Twitter judgment.
"I was pulling into a parking lot, and I did get pulled over by a police officer for my tints," Rice said. "I didn't realize they were illegal until he pulled me over. He gave me a warning and told me to get it fixed. I didn't have anything outstanding or anything wrong with my plates.
"... The cop said his son is a big fan. I took it upon myself to offer him an autograph," Rice said. "That was after the warning. Bad decision by me wording it on Twitter. I did get a warning and I must get my tints fixed because they are pretty dark. I don't want to make it seem like I'm getting [preferential] treatment by an officer who was doing his job."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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