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Vikings' RB Caught at Airport

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Smith was stopped at airport last month
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS – The NFL was considering whether to penalize Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith after it was revealed he was caught at the Twin Cities airport with an elaborate contraption designed to beat drug tests.

Onterrio Smith

A search of a bag Smith was carrying April 21 turned up several vials of dried urine and a device called “The Original Whizzinator,” which includes a fake penis, bladder and athletic supporter. An NFL spokesman said using the device during a drug test would be a violation of league drug policies, but it wasn’t clear whether there were penalties for possessing one outside of a testing situation.

Airport police took an interest in Smith’s possessions because the urine powder looked like cocaine, according to a police report of the April 21 incident, first reported in Wednesday’s Star Tribune. Smith told police the dried urine was for his cousin. Smith was briefly questioned and then released.

The stakes are high for Smith, who has two strikes against him under the league’s substance abuse policy. He got the second last season and was suspended for four games but was still the team’s top rusher. Another violation could earn him a yearlong suspension.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said a league investigation would determine whether there should be a penalty for simply possessing a device designed to beat a drug test. He said the device Smith was carrying wouldn’t have fooled the NFL.

“Our program requires that players be visually observed from the front giving the sample with their shirts off and pants down to their knees, making the effectiveness of such an effort remote,” he said in a prepared statement.

David Cornwell, an attorney representing Smith, declined to answer questions, instead issuing a statement that said the kit was given to Smith and the player put it in his bag and forgot about it. Cornwell said “it was obvious that (the kit) would be useless” in fooling the NFL’s testing program.

Vikings coach Mike Tice would only say in a prepared statement that the team would “continue to monitor the situation as we would with any other and evaluate it from there.”

Minnesota has already given up on one talented player whose behavior proved a distraction for the team. All-Pro receiver Randy Moss was traded to Oakland during the offseason, in part for such antics as leaving the field before the game had ended during a late-season loss last year.

Another receiver, Kelly Campbell, was arrested in Georgia in February on charges of possession of marijuana and theft by receiving stolen property involving a handgun. He remains with the team, however, practicing in the team’s recent minicamp. He was slated for arraignment May 25.

Smith led the team in rushing last year with 544 yards after rushing for 579 yards as a rookie and is competing for the starting slot along with veteran Michael Bennett and second-year man Mewelde Moore. Smith, who dubbed himself the “steal of the draft” when he was taken in the fourth round in 2003, has proved durable and explosive.

Smith was detained at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a tube of toothpaste in his bag set off an alarm. A search of his bag discovered six or seven vials of white powder with the consistency of cocaine, according to report by the airport police.

After the powder tested negative for drugs, the report said, Smith told officers it was dried urine used in conjunction with a device called “The Original Whizzinator.” The report’s author wrote that Smith “told me that it was dried urine for making a clean urine test.” In addition, Smith had a bottle of pills labeled “cleansing formula.”

The “Whizzinator,” advertised for $150 on the maker’s Web site, includes a fake penis attached to an athletic supporter and plastic bag. The user fills the bag with water blended with urine powder. When the user takes a drug test in front of an observer, the water is released through the prosthetic with a valve.

Smith told police he was taking the vials to his cousin. The police report didn’t say where Smith was traveling. Smith’s agent, Douglas Hendrickson, didn’t return repeated messages left at his office Wednesday.

In 2000, Smith was kicked out of Tennessee for using marijuana.

The Vikings aren’t the only Minnesota team dealing with a drug-related incident.

Twins pitcher Juan Rincon is serving a 10-day suspension for violating major league baseball policies regarding performance-ehancing drugs. Rincon, a middle-reliever, denies knowingly taking a banned substance.

He should be tested immediately by the NFL.

I have no sympathy for these overpaid babies who not only violate the league policy, but are comitting violations of state laws. How stupid and immature can these guys be.

On the one hand you get all the money and glory one could ever imagine. In the other is a joint. You make the choice.

Giving some one a hard time for smoking a joint is just too ignorant to even comment. But we are becoming more and more of a Police state. This issue should have never surfaced, but this is a perfect example of how them keeping you “safe” from terrorists is spilling over into peoples personal lifes’a and careers.

They found what they found. If it’s not a threat, give it back and shut up. If you confiscate it because it looks like coke (which is bullshit), have it tested then release a staement of it IS coke. If not, shut the fuck up and don’t publicise bullshit to make life hard on people. It will only get worse.

It’s not about the joint. It’s about following rules and laws. It’s about accountability as an adult.

It is illegal. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

It is against league policy. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

I can’t wear earings on the job–so I don’t. It’s not even illegal. We all have limitations of some degree that we may not personally agree on. But we follow rules and policies that are put upon us, that we know to be before we take the job, because that is how society works.

[quote]sasquatch wrote:
It’s not about the joint. It’s about following rules and laws. It’s about accountability as an adult.

It is illegal. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

It is against league policy. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

I can’t wear earings on the job–so I don’t. It’s not even illegal. We all have limitations of some degree that we may not personally agree on. But we follow rules and policies that are put upon us, that we know to be before we take the job, because that is how society works.[/quote]

But this very society DEMANDS to be “entertained” and for athletes to perform and perform well. Or else their livelyhood is taken away and lost, their bodies and minds wear out. This very system also forbids them to use anything proven to help their bodies and denies them the same meds that you or i could go on by perscription. In cases like that i think it’s ignorant to take the stance of “follow the rules” as the rules and the people that set them base most things on pure ingorance.

Yeah, but damn, dude had a wizzinator and four bags of dried piss in his luggage.

C’mon now.

That’s just retarded, especially since he was a previous offender.

GAINER

Honestly, this isn’t a big deal.

Michael Bennett and Mewelde Moore are perfectly capable of doing a fine job by themselves.

[quote]Gregus wrote:
sasquatch wrote:
It’s not about the joint. It’s about following rules and laws. It’s about accountability as an adult.

It is illegal. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

It is against league policy. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

I can’t wear earings on the job–so I don’t. It’s not even illegal. We all have limitations of some degree that we may not personally agree on. But we follow rules and policies that are put upon us, that we know to be before we take the job, because that is how society works.

But this very society DEMANDS to be “entertained” and for athletes to perform and perform well. Or else their livelyhood is taken away and lost, their bodies and minds wear out. This very system also forbids them to use anything proven to help their bodies and denies them the same meds that you or i could go on by perscription. In cases like that i think it’s ignorant to take the stance of “follow the rules” as the rules and the people that set them base most things on pure ingorance.
[/quote]

That might be the dumbest quote in a while.

Not Oprah’s ass size, but close.

how exactly is one’s performance affected by not being allowed to smoke dope or snort coke.

They can take virtually every legal supplement that you or I can. Creatine, whey powder, Spike, Alpha Male, you name it.

What ignorance is involved in preventing someone who you employ not to do illicit drugs?

Maybe it’s your expectations that need to be evaluated. Maybe you need to see a 300 lber run a 4.4 40. Maybe you need to see second baseman hitting 40 home runs. Are these the entertainment DEMANDS you speak of.

And they get numerous chances. It’s not like one strike and they lose their livelyhood. Also–remember–they had the opportunity to get a free education while playing these sports. They can always fall back on that, right.

Then they will find out what it’s like in the real world. where most places don’t give you 3-4 chances when busted for illegal drugs.

If we get to pick and choose what laws we find ‘stupid’ and worth breaking, I’m afraid we’d be in real trouble.

[quote]sasquatch wrote:
Gregus wrote:
sasquatch wrote:
It’s not about the joint. It’s about following rules and laws. It’s about accountability as an adult.

It is illegal. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

It is against league policy. Whether or not you or I agree that it should be, it is.

I can’t wear earings on the job–so I don’t. It’s not even illegal. We all have limitations of some degree that we may not personally agree on. But we follow rules and policies that are put upon us, that we know to be before we take the job, because that is how society works.

But this very society DEMANDS to be “entertained” and for athletes to perform and perform well. Or else their livelyhood is taken away and lost, their bodies and minds wear out. This very system also forbids them to use anything proven to help their bodies and denies them the same meds that you or i could go on by perscription. In cases like that i think it’s ignorant to take the stance of “follow the rules” as the rules and the people that set them base most things on pure ingorance.

That might be the dumbest quote in a while.

Not Oprah’s ass size, but close.

how exactly is one’s performance affected by not being allowed to smoke dope or snort coke.

They can take virtually every legal supplement that you or I can. Creatine, whey powder, Spike, Alpha Male, you name it.

What ignorance is involved in preventing someone who you employ not to do illicit drugs?

Maybe it’s your expectations that need to be evaluated. Maybe you need to see a 300 lber run a 4.4 40. Maybe you need to see second baseman hitting 40 home runs. Are these the entertainment DEMANDS you speak of.

And they get numerous chances. It’s not like one strike and they lose their livelyhood. Also–remember–they had the opportunity to get a free education while playing these sports. They can always fall back on that, right.

Then they will find out what it’s like in the real world. where most places don’t give you 3-4 chances when busted for illegal drugs.

If we get to pick and choose what laws we find ‘stupid’ and worth breaking, I’m afraid we’d be in real trouble.[/quote]

Yes I’m dumb and unenlightened as to these issues. Coke and dope is not what i was referring to, that’s your conclusion. Reading your post simply shows me that we are on different levels in this discussion, and no i’m not saying one level is higher then other, just different so I’ll let it go and let you live in your state of ignorance about these issues. I find your views simplistic and childish but I’m sure you find mine just as offensive so it’s cool. We can agree to disagree.

PS. I think it’s good you mentioned Creatine,whey, Spike and Alpha Male. Those dumb athletes, if only they tried those, if only, but instead they look to Anabolics, HGH etc… Dumbasses.

[quote]skaaaaaaaaaah wrote:
Honestly, this isn’t a big deal.

Michael Bennett and Mewelde Moore are perfectly capable of doing a fine job by themselves.[/quote]

Skaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah,

You’re right on that point, I think the big uproar on this story is that America can understand if someone fucks up once, but this guy was a known offender and fucked up again.

Thus proving he didn’t learn his lesson and that his ego is such that he feels he’s exempt from the laws everyone else has to follow. Take Luis Castillo, recently drafted by the Chargers. He popped for Andro at the combine but then came out with a statement basically saying “I fucked up, I knew what I was doing but did it anyway, please give me another shot, I won’t do it again.” And the public perception on him stayed more or less intact if not improved. Hell he was still drafted in the first round! Americans, when it comes down to it are big fans of integrity and accountability. Ontario Smith has none. That’s why, in my opinion, this story is getting alot of negative attention accross the nation.

Just like Lawrence Phillips from the 90’s. Dude just kept fucking up.

GAINER