NFL reportedly will investigate Aldon Smith over Periscope video
The NFL are preparing to investigate Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith in the wake of a video recently posted to Periscope in which an unidentified man, suspected to perhaps be Smith, and an unidentified woman appear to handle and discuss a marijuana cigarette.
A source reportedly informed ESPN’s Ed Werder of the NFL’s intent.
As expected, source says #NFL looking into possibility Aldon Smith engaged in behavior that violates protocols for suspended player
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) July 25, 2016
The video in question was posted and archived on a Periscope account. Entitled, “Fire Up Session,” the footage contained in the post never actually shows the man or the woman. But the account, ravenga, has featured videos of Smith in the past and has been used by him on a handful of occasions.
After the woman criticizes the man for the decision to even post such a video, he replies in part, “They don’t know it’s me. It’s not like I put ‘Aldon Smith.'”
CSN Bay Area has footage and a full transcription of the entire video here. The report does note that the voice in the video is “unmistakable when compared to other videos where [Smith] talks directly to the camera.”
Smith currently is serving a one-year suspension for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The suspension originally was levied against Smith last November, meaning he cannot apply for reinstatement until 60 days prior to the date the suspension originally was handed down, which would place it at this point in September.
As Werder mentions in his tweet, the league ‘s investigation will involve whether the conduct contained in the video qualifies as a violation of protocol for a suspended player, if it’s ultimately determined the man in the video is in fact Smith
Any potential player application for reinstatement, per NFL substance abuse policy, must include information pertaining to the following: “(a) Treatment; (b) Abstinence from Substances of Abuse throughout the entire period of his banishment; (c) Involvement with any Substances of Abuse related incidents; and (d) Arrests and/or convictions for any criminal activity, including Substances of Abuse-related offense.”
Smith signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Raiders in April. The deal reportedly includes no guaranteed money.