Steve Smith pulled over during interview: ‘Hey, a brother driving a nice car’
New Baltimore Ravens wide receiver was taking part in a radio interview on ESPN Radio’s “The Dan Le Batard Show” when he was pulled over by police.
The portion of the interview (gratefully transcribed below by Shutdown Corner) begins at about the 1:24 point of the above video:
Smith: “Oh … see, you guys got me in trouble. I’m getting pulled over by the police.”
Le Batard: “Right now? While we are talking to you?”
Le Batard: “Were you speeding?”
Smith: “No, I’m not speeding. I guess I’m on my cellphone. … How about I keep you on hold while I go through the procedure?”
Le Batard: “And you’ll tell us about it when you come back?”
This inconvenient and unfortunate interruption provided for some compelling and hilarious radio, as Smith was away from the broadcast and the hosts were left to fill the time by speculating exactly what prompted the officer to pull over Smith.
Bomani Jones speculated that there were other reasons than perhaps talking on his cell phone that caused Smith to be pulled over.
“Sounds like a man his height, driving a car that nice, they don’t believe it’s his,” Jones opined.
Smith returns to the interview at about the 4:30 mark:
Dan Le Batard: “You must have gotten out of the ticket if you’re back that fast, right?”
Smith: “Hey, when you don’t have any warrants or prior arrests, you know, it goes a long way with being a good citizen.”
Co-host Jon “Stugotz” Weiner: “Did you drop the Steve Smith card at all?”
Smith: “No I didn’t. My ID does that.”
Weiner: “Does your ID say ‘NFL wide receiver’? Is the cop a football fan?”
Smith: “No, my ID is cleared as no priors, so I was good.”
Dan Le Batard: “What did you get in trouble for? Being on the cellphone?”
Smith: “Nah, you know. Uhh, hey, a brother driving a nice car … you know, sometimes they got to make sure … it all matches up.”
Fantastic. Looking on Smith’s release by the Carolina Panthers in hindsight, it may have been the best thing to happen to the veteran receiver. He’s been all over the place this week. First he shows up on “Good Morning America” were he surprised a devastated young Panthers fan, now this.
Well, getting pulled over by the fuzz may not be the best thing, but in the end, it was all good.