League suspends Shaun Smith

Well, now we have a better understanding of why the Browns cut defensive tackle Shaun Smith. 

And why the Lions recently cut him, too.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Smith has been suspended four games for violating the league’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances.

Smith will be able to serve the suspension while unsigned.

He has been a controversial figure over the past year or so, culminating in the reported cold-cocking of Browns quarterback Brady Quinn last year.  But that didn’t keep teams from pursuing him; per Schefter, six teams inquired about Smith’s services after he was cut by the Lions.

Smith’s story — and he’s likely sticking to it — is that he took a diuretic containing a banned substance.  As we’ve pointed out many times in the past, the confidentiality of the league’s steroids policy allows guys to make their positive tests sound as innocuous as possible, regardless of the specific shade of green they assume when becoming angry.

8 responses to “League suspends Shaun Smith

  1. Wait…am I reading this right? “Smith will be able to serve the suspension while unsigned.” What the hell?!?!? So he will be suspended from playing games while not even on a team? Thats like not receiving a paycheck while you are unemployed. Makes no sense!

  2. Contra – that is fine. If he is not signed, he is not paid. Thus, it’s like being signed and yet not being paid.

  3. I agree with Contra. What’s the point of the suspension? Might as well suspend a student during summer vacation.

  4. It’s league policy… If no one wanted to sign Vick… just like Burress and PacMan… they serve their suspensions without being on a team…
    And NO, they don’t get paid for being suspended…
    Furthermore… this makes HELLA sense for the Lions to cut him… hopefully we can resign him after his suspension. Another good move by Martin. This allows us to keep one more player, find out how they fit in our system and if not, we call the steroid vet up and see if he’s truly clean…

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