Originally Posted by Woody'sGirl
Tice: 'It's in the league's hands'
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings
running back Onterrio Smith
, caught recently with a device called "The Original Whizzinator" that is designed to beat drug tests, will miss the rest of the team's offseason program for undisclosed reasons.
"He's been excused from the rest of the offseason program and he'll be gone indefinitely," coach Mike Tice said Thursday. "I really can't speak about any reasons why or when he'll be back. It's in the league's hands. We'll leave it at that."
[View Full Quote]Neither Smith's agent, Doug Hendrickson, nor NFL spokesman Greg Aiello immediately returned phone calls seeking comment.
Smith missed the team's camp on Tuesday for unspecified personal reasons. He returned on Wednesday and worked out, but didn't speak to reporters.
Smith was stopped April 21 at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after his bag set off a screening device. A search found several vials of dried urine and "The Original Whizzinator," which is marketed as a way to beat drug tests.
Smith told police the gear was for his cousin. He wasn't charged by police, and the NFL has said possession of the device alone isn't enough to violate league drug policies.
Smith has two strikes against him under the league's substance abuse policy, and is subject to a yearlong suspension with another violation.
Smith, a fourth-round pick in 2003, led the team in rushing last season with 544 yards.
Hard to believe that these guys went to college. LOL