On Thursday, Browns defensive lineman Robaire Smith was charged with attempting to take a loaded gun onto an airplane. The incident occurred in November 2009.
On Friday, the Browns acknowledged the situation with a brief statement from G.M. Tom Heckert.
“We have been aware of the situation with Robaire Smith and continue to monitor it closely,” Heckert said in a statement e-mailed to us by V.P. of media relations Neal Gulkis.
A similar comment was issued by team president Mike Holmgren after similar charges were filed against Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers in April.
At this point, the Browns presumably have on their computer system a file titled “Comment for Use When Player Is Charged With Taking A Gun Onto A Plane.”