Broncos have call to make on Antonio Smith this week

AP

The arrest and release of former Bears defensive end Ray McDonald became the big story in the NFL on Monday, but McDonald wasn’t the only defensive lineman to land in the news for the wrong reasons recently.

Last week, word broke of a child abuse investigation concerning Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith in Texas. The complaint against Smith was made last November and is reportedly “sexual in nature,” but no arrest has been made and no charges have been filed since the police sent the results of their investigation to the Fort Bend County district attorney in February.

The lack of charges or an arrest make Smith’s situation a different one from the one that led to McDonald’s departure from Chicago, but the Broncos still face a decision about Smith’s status. The team says it learned of the investigation last week and they’ll have to decide if they want to have Smith at this week’s organized team activities in light of the information they didn’t have when they signed Smith to a one-year, $2 million deal this offseason.

Denver could excuse Smith from the practices as they gather information about the allegations against Smith, something that would probably have already happened via a trip to the Commissioner Exempt list if Smith had been arrested or charged with a crime.

9 responses to “Broncos have call to make on Antonio Smith this week

  1. Did all this stuff used to happen in days gone by and we never heard about it, or are today’s NFL athletes extraordinarily predisposed to domestic violence?

  2. Too gross to even joke about. But remember, whether some of the Patriots balls were out of whack by 0.2 psi in a game they won by approximately all the points is a $5 million scandal that strikes at the heart of the game’s imaginary integrity.

  3. Could this have anything to do with his unexpected release from Oakland? It’s not like he was terrible and he didn’t stay a free agent long. You could smoke some ribs with this story.

  4. weepingjebus says:
    May 26, 2015 7:49 AM
    Too gross to even joke about. But remember, whether some of the Patriots balls were out of whack by 0.2 psi in a game they won by approximately all the points is a $5 million scandal that strikes at the heart of the game’s imaginary integrity.
    ****
    For the logically challenged:

    Sexual assault ~ investigated and punished by criminal justice system

    Cheating ~ investigated and punished by NFL

    get some perspective

  5. The NFL can try as hard as they want, but they are never going to have a league full choirboys.

  6. dcapettini says:
    May 26, 2015 7:44 AM
    Did all this stuff used to happen in days gone by and we never heard about it, or are today’s NFL athletes extraordinarily predisposed to domestic violence?

    =================================

    There are 32 teams, with 54 each once the season starts. That’s 1728 young males. If NFL players were accused of domestic violence at the same rate as the same demographic of the general population was, there would literally *hundreds* of cases every year.

    Take off the blinders to the world you are living in.

  7. Oh, Brandon!

    Let’s see, hundreds of cases among 1728 males….assume “hundreds” actually only means 200.

    Soooo, 200/1728 = 11.5%

    Eleven point five percent of the male general population (let’s assume only 120,000,000 males are around). Wow! Must be over 13 million domestic violence cases every year. (Not)

    Glad I don’t live in your country, mine is better.

    Take off the clown hat and do a better job with mathematics.

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