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Report: Onterrio Smith arrested

Onterrio Smith, the ex-Minnesota Vikings running back whose promising NFL career was cut short in large part because of drug problems, was reportedly jailed last night on drug charges.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Smith was a passenger in a car that was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 80 in Truckee, California, at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, and Smith was arrested after a routine check revealed that he had an outstanding warrant from Sacramento for possession of a controlled substance.

Smith’s bail was set at $15,000.

Smith had 107 carries for 579 yards as a rookie in 2003 and 124 carries for 544 yards in 2004, but he never played in an NFL game after being suspended for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy during the 2005 off-season. He is best remembered as the player who was stopped in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport with dried urine and a device called the Original Whizzinator.

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43 Responses to “Report: Onterrio Smith arrested”
  1. Tundrastruck says: Oct 22, 2009 8:23 PM

    Percy Harvin’s daddy.

  2. bucco bruce says: Oct 22, 2009 8:28 PM

    The Whizzinator was whizzing down the highway.

  3. Toss2Moss says: Oct 22, 2009 8:29 PM


  4. leatherneck says: Oct 22, 2009 8:30 PM

    Vikings fan here.
    Onterrio Smith needs to ask for help. It’s never too late to ask for help. It’s always available.

  5. INVAIDUH says: Oct 22, 2009 8:31 PM

    Guess Smith and Talib should find Davis to make all this go away…
    Like Gruden’s DUI….Remember that?
    Didn’t think so.

  6. purple hay-seuss says: Oct 22, 2009 8:35 PM

    Cue Jimmy claiming that being with the Vikings for a short time made him a drug user and all-around idiot. And that Childress was involved.
    This kid had lots of troubles at Oregon and before that. He looked like a solid contributor early on, but then the wheels literally fell off. His story has passed from dumb athlete in trouble, making mistakes as a young man to universal joke to just plain sad. I feel for his family. I believe he has at least one young child and, possibly, a wife. Steal Of the Draft becomes just plain SOD. Jimmy, ask a British person to explain it to you. It’s what the Brits call you when they read your posts.
    Cue Tokyo Rose Nelson with a ten-paragraph epistle quoting 900 statistics about every single Viking player, back to 1961, that ever had a beer or slept with a woman. Or blinked.

  7. litemater95 says: Oct 22, 2009 8:35 PM

    This is not PRO FOOTBALL

  8. Slow Joe says: Oct 22, 2009 8:43 PM

    Was that 2005?!? How many years have I been reading this website?!?

  9. PervyHarvin says: Oct 22, 2009 8:45 PM

    A classic example of a guy that let his career go to pot .(add rimshot) The idiot wasn’t a bad back. Never can understand the mentality of guys like him that throw it all away.

  10. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Oct 22, 2009 8:45 PM

    Michael David Smith and Mike Florio on the same blog. You can guarantee huge bias and a grand total of zero football experience between the two.

  11. slipkid says: Oct 22, 2009 8:53 PM

    nobody beats the whiz – nobody!
    where’s taco bill? did nbc can him?

  12. CABroncoFan says: Oct 22, 2009 8:58 PM

    …and Truckee’s not even nice this time of year.

  13. TheWanderer says: Oct 22, 2009 9:03 PM


  14. ozzie says: Oct 22, 2009 9:05 PM


  15. packerhater28 says: Oct 22, 2009 9:05 PM

    And for the first pick in the 2010 N.F.L. draft,the Green Bay Packers select……..

  16. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 22, 2009 9:05 PM

    If the driver is arrested a passenger can merely walk away without identifying themselves can’t they?
    Police can detain them for up to 1 hour and then have to charge them or let them walk, merely being a passenger is not a crime and he would not have to present identification.

  17. Occam says: Oct 22, 2009 9:15 PM

    Absolutely, totally, and in all other ways, inconceivable.

  18. The Rural Juror says: Oct 22, 2009 9:20 PM

    Reset the turd watch…

  19. Welcome Wildcat says: Oct 22, 2009 9:23 PM

    Oh weird, S.O.D., you are a tool

  20. sven_ftw says: Oct 22, 2009 9:23 PM

    it’s a shame. he was a pretty good runner…

  21. bearsrule says: Oct 22, 2009 9:33 PM

    I’ll bet he’s the first pick in his future prison’s recreation league.

  22. Lombardi 6 says: Oct 22, 2009 9:52 PM

    Arrested for having the same name as a Canadian Province..

  23. GB3Pack4 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:00 PM

    Should make for good trash-talk in the Pittsburgh trenches …

  24. mp21ways says: Oct 22, 2009 10:08 PM

    He is gonna be the SOD for C-block.

  25. DJSlyBri says: Oct 22, 2009 10:29 PM

    The only player eligible for the turd watch that is out of the league is Najeh Davenport.
    To the complainers abover, there should always be room on this site for stories about Onterrio Smith, Najeh Davenport, and Freddie Mitchell. Always.

  26. JohnnyH says: Oct 22, 2009 10:34 PM

    He owes me $20!

  27. DocBG says: Oct 22, 2009 10:50 PM

    # The Rural Juror says: October 22, 2009 9:20 PM
    Reset the turd watch…
    No disagreement that he’s a turd, but he’s not in the league so no reset is merited.

  28. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 22, 2009 11:00 PM


  29. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Oct 22, 2009 11:02 PM

    Where’s the snarky editorial comments? MDS, you stink.

  30. JasonGiambi says: Oct 22, 2009 11:40 PM

    what kind of name is Adam-Chris Shefterson?

  31. Mike McCarthy's Moobs says: Oct 23, 2009 1:14 AM

    Legalize it, already!
    Oh, and don’t forget about Jury Nullification. If you’re ever on the jury for a nonviolent drug case, you have every right to vote NOT GUILTY simply due to your moral opposition to the drug war. That’s what I did.

  32. packers4life says: Oct 23, 2009 2:38 AM

    “And for the first pick in the 2010 N.F.L. draft,the Green Bay Packers select……..”
    What’s this have to do with the article?……dumbass

  33. JimmySmith says: Oct 23, 2009 7:10 AM

    Hey, I actually feel sorry for the guy. He obviously had some talent if he made a NFL roster (even if it was just the Vikings) and flushed it all down the drain for drugs.
    But the Whizanator attempt will go down in history just for the sheer audacity of trying to cheat the system. In just that regard, he should have been a Patriot.

  34. sand0 says: Oct 23, 2009 7:46 AM

    Steal Of the Draft

  35. Youngs79 says: Oct 23, 2009 8:05 AM

    WHO CARES! Florio, he hasn’t been in the league for years. With all the good matchups going on this weekend, this is what you choose to waste space with.

  36. Chickenfoot says: Oct 23, 2009 8:59 AM

    I agree with DJSly:
    But the only ones that would have to be on the Davenport turd watch are:
    Females that have a fresh load of laundry in their closet.
    Bounce dryer sheets must be Najeh’s Ex-lax.

  37. Beer Cheese Soup says: Oct 23, 2009 9:55 AM

    Wow.. Was it a slow news day? This guy’s been out of the league for years. Move along…

  38. Supersuckers says: Oct 23, 2009 10:04 AM

    Speaking of moving along BeerCheese..I see you have avoided your owning regarding the Green bay Packers and why they do not and cannot spend in free agency. For the record 4 million minus 20 million is -16 million. Do that for five years and there is 31 teams in the NFL. Do ya get it now?

  39. Adam-Chris Scheftersen says: Oct 23, 2009 11:28 AM

    JasonGiambi says:
    October 22, 2009 11:40 PM
    what kind of name is Adam-Chris Shefterson?
    “Adam-Chris Scheftersen (that’s the name we’ll use when we can’t remember which one said it) reported last night that a decision is imminent.”

  40. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 23, 2009 4:43 PM

    @ Lombardi 6
    It’s spelt differently though..

  41. purple hay-seuss says: Oct 23, 2009 5:24 PM

    Wow. I tell ya what, wow! Jimmy acting all magnanimous. This proves that those secret government tests conducted in Wisconsin in the 60s had some real effect after all.
    I must recoil into introspection and reconsider my profound desire to beat Jimmy over the head.
    Nah. You’re still a dork.

  42. JimmySmith says: Oct 23, 2009 6:32 PM

    Hey, who even said I was from Wisconsin?
    Never the less, think about this for one minute.
    Name me another NFL franchise where you mention an embarrassing episode(s) that were given actual nicknames to capture the event, i.e,
    1 Love Boat
    2 Whizanator
    3 Scalping Superbowl tickets.
    What do they have in common?
    Because you are not very smart (the reason I know that is because you root for the Vikings) I will give you a hint, their street name is the Biqueens.

  43. DCViking says: Oct 24, 2009 3:28 PM

    Scalping Superbowl tickets is a nickname???
    OK, how about Spygate — guess the Vikings are in good company, in that case.
    Um, how about the team with “The Pleamaker” as its starting HOF wide receiver.
    Oh, I know how about Dumpenport or Poopenport.
    Those are just a few that come to mind…

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