Former Colorado Buffaloes cornerback Jimmy Smith has been suspended for 4 games without pay.
According to the NFL, Smith violated the league’s personal conduct policy. The violation occurred in a custody disagreement with his former girlfriend. The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct,” the NFL stated. “Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong.”
Smith issued an apology after the suspension was made official:
“I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension. I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field.
I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again. I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.”
Smith is entering his eight year in the NFL, all of which have been with the Baltimore Ravens. The former first round pick broke out as one of the league’s premier cornerbacks, but he tore his Achilles’ tendon. Shortly after his season-ending injury, the NFL suspended him 4 games for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
We hope that Smith will grow from this and be the best person he can.