posted on May, 21 2005 @ 11:07 AM
Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith will be suspended for the season by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy a third
time, according to two reports.
Pending an appeal, Smith will be forced to sit out the 2005 season, ESPN.com and The Star Tribune reported Thursday.
Smith skipped a drug test, which qualifies as a violation under league policy, ESPN.com reported, citing two unidentified team sources. Missing a drug
test is equivalent to a positive test, and Smith had already violated league policy twice and served a four-game suspension last season.
A third violation brings a one-year suspension. A player would have to apply to the commissioner for reinstatement after that suspension is served.
Some people just dont know how good they got it. I think a third offense should be a lifetime ban, how many times does it take before you get the
hint? If you failed a third drug test where you work, would you have your job in a year? I think not. These guys are grown men, if they cant learn
from three offenses, chances are they never will.