View Full Version : Onterrio Smith Will Not be Reinstated to Play in the NFL

04-26-2006, 01:25 AM
The Pioneer Press reports suspended Minnesota Vikings RB 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."

04-26-2006, 02:46 PM
What a disappointment he has been. He was overrated coming out of Oregon to begin with (remember the Heisman Trophy banner in downtown NYC?), but I thought he would be able to easily take the starting RB spot for the Vikes. RBs are just so hard to judge, and you really never know how much bang you are going to get for your buck (i.e. Terrell Davis, Willie Parker)

04-26-2006, 03:31 PM
No big loss to the league.The only ones that cared were Viqueen fans...everyone else only cared because we could make fake penis jokes about him.

04-26-2006, 06:18 PM
The Vikings just released him.