Ravens rookie linebacker Tony Fein was arrested Sunday in Baltimore after an altercation with police, reports say.
Police say Fein and several friends were eating dinner in the Johnny Rockets at the Inner Harbor when security officers saw Fein hand one of his friends a large, silver object. The security officers mistakenly thought the object was a firearm, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Police arrived and asked Fein, 27, to stand up, but he at first refused. Fein stood up after being asked a second time and shoved one of the officers in the chest, reports say. The officer fell to the ground and Fein was immediately arrested and later charged with assaulting a police officer.
Police then found that Fein was not in possession of a handgun. The item security saw was actually a cellular phone.
"Like all citizens, Tony will get his due process and have his opportunity to explain," said Kevin Byrne, Ravens senior vice president of public and community relations, in a statement released by the team. "There are two sides to every story."
Fein served in the Army for 2 ½ years, including a year in Iraq as a 19 Delta recon scout.
The former Ole Miss standout signed with the Ravens on June 18 and was competing at training camp for a roster spot at inside linebacker. The Ravens broke camp at McDaniel College in Westminster, Md., earlier in the day Sunday.
The arrest comes on the eve of the Ravens' Monday night preseason game against the New York Jets.