Charges dismissed against former UF standout Elam from May arrest


By Jeff Zrebiec
The Baltimore Sun

Grand theft and domestic battery charges against Matt Elam were dismissed Wednesday, clearing the former Ravens safety who was arrested after an altercation with his girlfriend on May 22 in South Florida.
Elam, who is an NFL free agent after his rookie contract expired with the Ravens following the 2016 season and is a former standout at the University of Florida, is still facing drug charges related to his arrest in Miami in late February. That was the first of two arrests within a three-month span for the Ravens’ 2013 first-round draft pick.
According to court records, the state attorney’s office dropped the charges from May because “insufficient evidence exists to prove the charge beyond a reasonable doubt due to an uncooperative victim and lack of independent evidence.”
According to the police report from May, Elam and his girlfriend were involved in an altercation over a cellphone. They both ended up on the ground trying to gain possession of the phone and Elam’s girlfriend sustained small cuts on her finger and foot during the altercation.
After Elam got the phone and left the area on foot, the Delray Beach Police were called in reference to an assault. Elam was questioned and arrested at a nearby residence.
Along with the charges being dropped, a no-contact order between Elam and his girlfriend was also rescinded.
Elam, 25, is still facing charges of marijuana possession of more than 20 grams, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving stemming from his arrest in late February.
He’s scheduled for a pretrial hearing Monday.
Arguably Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome’s biggest draft miss, Elam played just 41 games for the Ravens in parts of four seasons, starting 26 of them. He played in just nine games and was on the field for just 53 defensive snaps last year.