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magicci
04-26-2006, 03:31 AM
Vikings | O. Smith will not be reinstated?
Tue, 25 Apr 2006 18:20:13 -0700

Sean Jensen, of the Pioneer Press, reports according to a source close to Minnesota Vikings RB Onterrio Smith, the Vikings running back will not be reinstated by the NFL next month. Smith was suspended by the NFL last May. The Vikings and the NFL declined comment. "That falls under the confidentiality provisions of the program," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "His status is unchanged in that he continues to be under suspension." The Vikings weren't counting on Smith, but owner Zygi Wilf said earlier this month that the team was open to giving the running back a chance to return. The Vikings could address the position in this weekend's NFL Draft.

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well this sucks.

SharperVikings
04-26-2006, 03:46 AM
We'll just have to see.....he was a good runningback...but we will see what directtion this team goes draft day....We will see which positions the coaching staff feels are greatly needed, and which ones not soo much..! I think after the draft, we will have a more clear position of onterrio's fate...!

midgensa
04-26-2006, 03:56 AM
Hmmm, wish they got into more why he might not be reinstated

Ltrey33
04-26-2006, 04:09 AM
That's odd. He must have done something wrong again, I don't know why else they wouldn't reinstate him.

norseforce
04-26-2006, 04:16 AM
whatever!

whackthepack
04-26-2006, 04:16 AM
This is strange!

Does the NFL have the option of not reinstating if they do not want to?

Did he failed another drug test?

Or did he do something else that would keep them from reinstating him?

Or was there something in his past that they are using to keep him out of the NFL?

BadlandsVikings
04-26-2006, 04:21 AM
Is it possible they didn't tell us everything when he got busted with the wizzinator?

bmc342
04-26-2006, 05:55 AM
i would be surprised if he isn't reinstated. however, even though he does have potential, i can't say that i care if he's not. the guy did some of the dumbest things i've ever seen a professional athlete do. if he truly loved football and appreciated it, he would've stopped messing around with drugs. i'm all for giving rehabilitated people a second chance, but i think his situation is a little different than someone like Robinson's, who had a genuine drinking problem. with that said, if he comes back a new man, i'll be happy for him and the team.

norseforce
04-26-2006, 06:30 AM
he's still going to play for us ! his suspension does'nt end until MAY, that will be 1 full year

snowinapril
04-26-2006, 06:40 AM
I wasn't counting on him to come back anyway.

"Wasted talent," one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, A Bronx Tale.

magicci
04-26-2006, 06:55 AM
wasted talent was the name of an episode of family guy

shawn9876uss
04-26-2006, 07:45 AM
I am wondering why he is not reinstated

olson_10
04-26-2006, 09:32 AM
how does that work? ricky gets back in the league last year, and onterrio cant this year? thats just weak on the NFLs part..double standards for the guys that sell more uniforms on the streets

renovikesfan
04-26-2006, 09:40 AM
Kind of a bummer...but not that big of a deal, IMO. More than likely, even if he doesn't play for us (which he still has a chance to), it just means the Vikes will draft a RB a little higher than they might have intended. Like, say, in the 3rd or 4th rather than the 5th, perhaps.

digital420
04-26-2006, 11:59 AM
Maybe it's part of the rehab program..

like he didn't go to some smokers meetings..

or he fo rgot to get tested by a certain date..

or he watched to many episodes of high tv?

DiGiTaL

singersp
04-26-2006, 12:12 PM
Posted on Wed, Apr. 26, 2006

Report: Smith, who carried Whizzinator, won't be reinstated

BY SEAN JENSEN
St. Paul Pioneer Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Suspended Vikings running back Onterrio Smith has been notified by the NFL that he will not be reinstated next month, according to a source close to Smith.

Last June, Smith was suspended one year for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and he checked himself into a three-month, live-in rehabilitation facility in Massachusetts shortly thereafter.

Smith, 25, did not return a phone call seeking couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday. The Vikings and the NFL declined comment.

"That falls under the confidentiality provisions of the program," league spokesman Greg Aiello said. "His status is unchanged in that he continues to be under suspension."

According to NFL policy, "a player suspended under Stage Three (of the substance abuse policy) may apply formally in writing for reinstatement no sooner than 60 days before his one-year anniversary date of the letter so suspending him."

The application should include information on the player's treatment, abstinence from substances, involvement with any substances of abuse-related incidents, and arrests and/ or convictions for any criminal activity.

"The Commissioner, in his sole discretion, will determine if and when the player will be allowed to return to the NFL," the policy states. "A player's failure to adhere to his Treatment Plan during his banishment will be a significant consideration in the Commissioner's decision of whether to reinstate a player."

On April 21, 2005, Smith was stopped at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport possessing the "Original Whizzinator," a device designed to beat drug tests.

In May, he failed or missed an NFL-mandated drug test, and he was suspended for one year on June 7 for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Smith's history of substance abuse dates to 1999, when he was kicked off the University of Tennessee football team after a positive marijuana test.

In his first public comment since being banned by the league, Smith told the St. Paul Pioneer Press in December that the suspension was a "real wake-up call" that compelled him to do "some real soul searching." At the time, he was living in California and helping athletes train for the NFL combine. He was meeting with two different counselors four times a week for upwards of eight hours, he said at the time.

"The suspension saved me from some serious trouble," Smith said. "It could have been a serious arrest, an accident_anything could have occurred."

Without Smith as an option, the Vikings could now be looking for more depth at running back. Currently, Chester Taylor, Mewelde Moore, Ciatrick Fason and Adimchinobe Echemandu are the only running backs on the Vikings' roster.

Taylor was signed as an unrestricted free agent, and the remaining players are carryovers from last season. Moore has been productive for the Vikings when healthy he's not sidelined with injuries. The Vikings traded their fourth- and fifth-round pick last year to move up eight spots to snag Fason, who scored four touchdowns as the goal line back last season.

The Vikings weren't counting on Smith, but owner Zygi Wilf said earlier this month that the team was open to giving the running back a chance to return.

Available free agents include Stephen Davis, Anthony Thomas, Jonathan Wells and Lamar Gordon, who played his college football at North Dakota State and last season played for Vikings coach Brad Childress last season in Philadelphia.

The Vikings also could address the position in this weekend's NFL draft.

"I think it's a good group of guys," Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy said in February of the running back class.

After Reggie Bush, who is expected to be selected first overall by the Houston Texans, the next crop of running backs are projected to be taken toward the end of the first round.

Former Gopher Laurence Maroney and DeAngelo Williams of Memphis both visited Winter Park this month and they are considered the second- and third-best running backs in the draft.

"I think he's the third-best overall," ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. said of Maroney. "It's between him and Williams, and I gave DeAngelo the edge because he didn't have a very good line (at Memphis)."

Given the Gophers' run-oriented offense, there were concerns about Maroney's pass-catching ability to catch the ball. But he has received positive feedback from NFL scouts since the combine.

LenDale White, Bush's teammate at Southern California, also is projected as a late first- or early second-round pick.

Later in the second round, players such as Joseph Addai of Louisiana State and Maurice Drew of UCLA are potential options. Both are known for their versatility. Drew was coached by current Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy at UCLA.

Report: Smith, who carried Whizzinator, won't be reinstated (http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/sports/14427312.htm)

singersp
04-26-2006, 12:56 PM
Smith's eligibility still in question

The NFL has taken no steps to reinstate him, and it's unclear if he's asked for it.

Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
Last update: April 26, 2006 – 12:11 AM

Vikings running back Onterrio Smith apparently will remain ineligible to play for the immediate future, because the NFL has made no move to reinstate him as the anniversary of his year-long suspension nears.

The league banished Smith for the 2005 season after he violated the league's substance abuse policy for a third time. The suspension was for at least one year but remains in effect until Commissioner Paul Tagliabue lifts it.

It is believed that Smith's earliest reinstatement date is May 19, 2006 -- the one-year anniversary of receiving a letter from the NFL notifying him of the suspension. League spokesman Greg Aiello has not responded to questions about Smith this week.

Under NFL rules, Smith has been eligible to apply for reinstatement since March 20 -- 60 days before the anniversary of his suspension. His agent, Doug Hendrickson, did not respond to questions this week about whether Smith had applied. Typically, the NFL informs players of its decision 45 days after receipt of the letter.

Smith served a four-game suspension in 2004 after testing positive for marijuana use. In April 2005, he was caught at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a device known as The Original Whizzinator, used to circumvent drug tests. His third violation of the substance abuse program came in early May 2005.

It is not known whether Smith had a relapse or committed any further violation of the substance abuse policy since his suspension. In October, however, Smith was named in a civil lawsuit filed by a Twin Cities woman who accused him of sexual assault.

The woman claimed Smith assaulted her in an Eden Prairie apartment in June 2004. No criminal charges have been filed, and the woman's attorney, Lori Peterson, said Tuesday that Smith has yet to respond to the lawsuit.

Smith was the Vikings' fourth-round pick in the 2003 draft. He rushed for a combined 1,123 yards in two seasons.

Smith's eligibility still in question (http://www.startribune.com/510/story/393385.html)

VikesfaninWis
04-26-2006, 04:57 PM
It said in another artice that the commissioner has the final say when a suspension is over. I am guessing that by the way he got caught, that the league is not quick to reinstate him.



"The Commissioner, in his sole discretion, will determine if and when the player will be allowed to return to the NFL," the policy states. "A player's failure to adhere to his Treatment Plan during his banishment will be a significant consideration in the Commissioner's decision of whether to reinstate a player."

thanatoschristou
04-26-2006, 05:10 PM
I hope he can at least get his life together even if he cannot return to our team. He was a steal in the 4th except for his affection for drugs. Come on Smith, it is not worth it.

damien927
04-26-2006, 05:10 PM
IF he is clean, they should give him another chance. Just because he had problems in the past and is working on them, doesn't guarantee that he will have a relapse.

Just because I woman says that he assaulted her should not have any impact unless charges are filed. Anyone can make a claim like that and not have anything to back it up. I would have to believe that if this was anyhtin gbut a money grab, charges would have been filed. IMO

whackthepack
04-26-2006, 07:29 PM
"VikesfaninWis" wrote:

It said in another artice that the commissioner has the final say when a suspension is over. I am guessing that by the way he got caught, that the league is not quick to reinstate him.



"The Commissioner, in his sole discretion, will determine if and when the player will be allowed to return to the NFL," the policy states. "A player's failure to adhere to his Treatment Plan during his banishment will be a significant consideration in the Commissioner's decision of whether to reinstate a player."


If he has had no further incidents since his suspension then I see the players union having a problem with him not being allowed to play! They would file a grievance with the NFL, commissioners decision or not.

Vikes
04-26-2006, 08:16 PM
Smith needs to show evidence that his doing the right things. This lawsuit is not helping his cause. I'm sure he will be reinstated at some point.

FinNasty23
04-26-2006, 09:39 PM
"olson_10" wrote:

how does that work? ricky gets back in the league last year, and onterrio cant this year? thats just weak on the NFLs part..double standards for the guys that sell more uniforms on the streets

Ricky was never suspended for a year (until yesturday)... he only had a 4 game suspention... but retired before he served it... I dont think there is a double standard here...

Why wouldnt he be allowed to come back though? That doesnt even make sense... :?:

vikesoto
04-26-2006, 10:09 PM
With Smith not being reinsated , all the more reason I hope the Vikes take a RB in the 1st or 2nd round.....

Slade
04-26-2006, 10:11 PM
SOD will be MIA

PurplePride80
04-26-2006, 10:25 PM
"snowinapril" wrote:

I wasn't counting on him to come back anyway.

"Wasted talent," one of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies, A Bronx Tale.

Yeah, that's a great movie.

My roomate is Italian, so he's into all those mob/mafia type movies.

He had me watch it about a week ago, and I really enjoyed it.



I'll be very dissapointed if Onterrio isn't on our roster this season, because he was always my favorite running back, on our team.

ThaSuperFreak33
04-26-2006, 11:35 PM
If he tested positive again or did anything stupid he deserves to be out of the NFL for good as does Ricky Williams. I love Onterrio but its either time to smarten up after last year or go try to get a real job outside of the NFL.

whackthepack
04-27-2006, 12:16 AM
"ThaSuperFreak33" wrote:

If he tested positive again or did anything stupid he deserves to be out of the NFL for good as does Ricky Williams. I love Onterrio but its either time to smarten up after last year or go try to get a real job outside of the NFL.

Where at McDonald's? Last I heard he was broke and living in his Mom's basement.




Who is going to hire this guy?


Interview:

Who was your last employer? And what did you do for them?

I was a running back for the Minnesota Vikings.

What happened that you are no longer playing in the NFL?

Well, I got busted for drugs for the 4th time and got caught with a fake dickk that supposed to beat drug tests, but I bought the wrong color, I am black and I had bought a white one, so I couldn't use it and got busted.

Your the whizzinator! Oh my god I can't wait to tell my buddies that I had the Whizzinator in my office today.

Next applicant please, have a good day whizzinator.

Jobisen
04-27-2006, 12:20 AM
VIKINGS ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVE

The Minnesota Vikings today released running back Onterrio Smith. Smith played for the Vikings during the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Head coach Brad Childress said, "We've decided to terminate Onterrio Smith's contract ahead of this weekend's college draft. We wish him well in his future endeavors."


http://www.vikings.com/news_detail_objectname_PreDraftPC_42606.html

From the bottom of the page.

singersp
04-27-2006, 03:32 AM
Vikings release suspended running back Onterrio Smith

By DAVE CAMPBELL
Associated Press Sports
Updated: 7:29 p.m. ET April 26, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Onterrio Smith proclaimed himself the "Steal of the Draft' after Minnesota picked him in the fourth round out of the University of Oregon in 2003.

Three years later, it's clear why he didn't go any higher.

Full Story: Vikings release suspended running back Onterrio Smith (http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12501747/)