The Ravens say they are still evaluating the domestic violence investigation into Zay Flowers

The Ravens say they are still evaluating the domestic violence investigation into Zay Flowers

INDIANAPOLIS — Baltimore County Police opened a criminal investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident involving Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers in January and closed it in February. The Ravens, according to general manager Eric DeCosta, continue to evaluate the situation.

“We are aware of the situation,” he told reporters at the NFL's annual scouting combine. “Domestic violence is clearly something we are deeply concerned about, and we will continue to assess the situation as it develops.”

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On January 16, Baltimore County Police received a 911 call from a woman who they identified as being on the same block as Flowers' home. Although she said she was fine, the dispatcher decided she was in distress, and police were sent to investigate. The woman later told police that Flowers' brother, who she said pulled a gun during the incident, “felt scared” and “put the gun away” when police arrived.

Five days later, the woman went to police in her hometown of Acton, Massachusetts. She told them she had been physically assaulted and had multiple bruises, but was reluctant to provide more information due to the “high profile of the other party involved,” Acton police wrote. She told them her boyfriend became violent and destroyed her property in “ten really bad minutes.”

The woman did not want to provide the suspect's name or address, but the Baltimore Banner confirmed earlier this month that police in Baltimore and Acton counties were investigating an allegation involving Flores.

Acton police advised the woman to obtain a protective order, but said she felt “safe at home.” They also told her the crime was outside their jurisdiction, and passed the information on to Baltimore County Police, who pursued the matter with the woman and the flowers to no avail. Without additional information, the investigation was suspended.

DeCosta's comments are the first made by a Ravens executive since the investigation began. An NFL spokesperson said last week that the league continues to “monitor all developments.” Florist Zach Heller did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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The NFL's personal conduct policy allows the league to independently investigate incidents and discipline players who decide to violate the policy.

The Ravens have said they have had a “zero-tolerance policy” for domestic assault since Ray Rice was caught on video punching the woman who is now his wife in an elevator in 2014. The team had previously suspended him for just two games, but the video's release ended his career.

Since then, the Ravens have worked closely with organizations such as the House of Ruth to support victims of domestic violence. Head coach John Harbaugh referenced the policy in 2022 when asked if the Ravens had considered acquiring quarterback Deshaun Watson, who has been accused by more than 20 massage therapists of sexual harassment.

However, the Ravens also signed practice squad signing Dalvin Cook this offseason, who is locked in a legal battle with his ex-girlfriend over abuse allegations, and later elevated him to the 53-man roster.

Flowers, the Ravens' first-round pick in 2023, played a much larger role than Cook did last season. He was the team's leading receiver, and set records for catches (77) and receiving yards (858). He was also the team's leading receiver in the AFC Championship Game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, played 12 days after the incident and a week after the victim went to Acton police.

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Gianna Hahn is a Ravens Beat reporter from Howard County.

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