Baltimore Ravens backup running back Bernard Pierce was unharmed after being the victim of an armed robbery and carjacking in his hometown of Philadelphia on Sunday night, his mother told a local television station.
“First of all, I thank God that he’s fine. I don’t care whatever he lost — his car, whatever was in there. He’s fine,” Pierce’s mother told CBS 3 in Philadelphia. “I think he was targeted because people knew who he was, and that’s sad.”
Sources told the television station that a gunman jumped from a car while his accomplice remained behind the wheel and robbed Pierce and his male companion, then stole Pierce’s BMW sports utility vehicle. The car was ultimately recovered in another part of the city, and no arrests have been made in the case.
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A Ravens spokesman told the Philadelphia television station: “We have been in contact with Bernard and we are aware of the situation.”
Pierce, a third-round pick out of Temple in 2012, ran for 532 yards and one touchdown as the primary backup to Ray Rice and played a key role in the team’s championship run. He rushed for 33 yards on 12 carries in Baltimore’s Super Bowl win over San Francisco.