Ravens won’t cut Jimmy Smith, who takes “full responsibility” for his suspension

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Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith apologized and took “full responsibility” for his actions that led to the league suspending him for four games Tuesday.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to my former girlfriend, the NFL, the Ravens organization, my coaches, my teammates, my fiancée and all our fans,” Smith said in a statement released by the team. I’m very disappointed that my past actions have led to this suspension. I promise that I have already learned much and will continue to learn more from this experience. I believe I am, and will continue to try to be, a better person and a better father because of this. I am committed to being the best I can be, both on and off the field.

“I take full responsibility for my past conduct. Moving forward, I will work with the NFL and the Ravens to ensure that what happened in the past will never happen again. I will take all necessary steps to be a positive role model for both my sons, for the NFL and for the entire Ravens community.”

The Baltimore Sun reported in November that Micaela Sanchez accused Smith of domestic violence and illegal drug use in a petition filed in the Baltimore County Court.

The Ravens also issued a statement, saying they “fully support the NFL’s decision” but will keep Smith on their roster when he is eligible to return.

“The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct,” the Ravens said in their statement. “Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong.

“As an organization, we have carefully reviewed the matter to determine the appropriate course of action for our team to take as Jimmy’s employer.

“We consulted with relationship and domestic violence experts for their perspectives. We convened a group of Ravens women and men executives, not directly involved with our football operations, to review the matter. We also engaged in conversations with Jimmy about his past behavior and his intention to change.

“Additionally, it is our understanding that following a long-running and difficult custody dispute with his former girlfriend and mother of his son, Jimmy has resolved his custody and support issues.

“As a result of this entire process, we will allow Jimmy to return to our team after his suspension. Jimmy has acknowledged his behaviors were wrong and accepts full responsibility for them. He has completed a clinical evaluation and has agreed to undertake any follow-up care or treatment that may be recommended. Through our conversations with Jimmy, we believe he is taking the proper steps to improve and that he can change. Jimmy has assured us that he is fully dedicated to making this change. He also understands the consequences if he does not.”

30 responses to “Ravens won’t cut Jimmy Smith, who takes “full responsibility” for his suspension

  1. This has to be a tough position for the Ravens to take. It’s completely hypocritical after all they said after the Ray Rice matters. If any good can be seen through this first reaction, it’s that J. Smith is MUCH more likely to follow through with his broader life improvements with the support of the organization rather than their dismissal of him.

  2. This is laughable ….still work for the organization

    “We consulted with relationship and domestic violence experts for their perspectives. We convened a group of Ravens women and men executives, not directly involved with our football operations, to review the matter.

  3. They needed divine intervention when deciding on Kaep, who did nothing to anyone physically and mentally, but are good with Jimmy? Makes sense…

  4. Domestic violence is supposed to be a 6 game suspension.

    Ray Rice 2 games before the video came out
    Jimmy Smith 4 games

    Goodell going to bat for a domestic violence abuser on the Ravens again. What a surprise. SMH

  5. NO one knows if she is psycho B. We’ve all dated one. We’ve all bailed in mid dinner. Some make the ultimate mistake.

    On the other hand, he may be a complete bully and jerk.

    Point being, we don’t have access to any info that can lead us to a logical conclusion other than the ‘talented players get the benefit of the doubt, if no video, of course’.

    As a retired police officer, I’ve seen women travel for hours and put themselves in position to force the guy into violating an order of protection. Like sitting within 100 feet of him when she lives 100 miles away and he’s playing hoops and has no clue she is even in the same city. I’ve also seen guys murder women. Works both ways.

    The two met, have a kid, and don’t get along. That’s what we know. Poor kid. Hopefully it’s just two people who agree to disagree.

  6. How did Elliott get a 6 game suspension (when everything about the accusations leveled at him were proven to have come from a pathological liar, including evidence proving the “victim” was planning to extort him with her false accusations) – yet Smith only gets 4 games after ADMITTING to the domestic violence charges? I thought 6 games was the “standard” by which all players were subject to, in these situations (well, unless you play for the Giants, of course)…?

    Does anyone else see a problem with this, or am I the only one?

  7. Ravens fan here. Very tough to root for these types of dudes. Don’t be rough with women or threaten women. Very tough to root for Jimmy this year and makes it tough to be a fan of my team.

  8. The answer to that question is that his childs mother said that Jimmy Smith was emotionally and verbally abusive, not physically abusive.

    “How did Elliott get a 6 game suspension (when everything about the accusations leveled at him were proven to have come from a pathological liar, including evidence proving the “victim” was planning to extort him with her false accusations) – yet Smith only gets 4 games after ADMITTING to the domestic violence charges? I thought 6 games was the “standard” by which all players were subject to, in these situations (well, unless you play for the Giants, of course)…?

    Does anyone else see a problem with this, or am I the only one?”

  9. I guess there was no elevator involved in this one!

    And ain’t it great that Goodell and the Ravens “organization” each have a fully-adjustable moral compass! There is no “TRUE NORTH” in either of those buildings anyway.

  10. When will the owners get this action by players of this type suspension is not good for a league that in the last few years is taking a lot of heat. Time to let these players go, to many good individuals that can and want to play football in the NFL

  11. Well, it didn’t say he physically assaulted her. Intimidation and emotional distress during a financial and custody battle. She filed a complaint but it conveniently went away as soon as she got the kid and a monthly payment. Whatever. She’s paid, he’s free to play, everyone is happy.

  12. A lot of idiot comments here. Ray Rice? Doesn’t count. Our conversation about DV didn’t start until after that. What matters is this guy is taking full ownership today. I for one am giving him props for that. Real judgment happens next. But at least he isn’t ducking responsibility.

    And to whomever said “jail.” Yeah, because we should rewrite the rules for this one because he is a Raven. It doesn’t even say physical violence. Punishments fit crimes, not your definition of them.

  13. As long as sports leagues continue to have “win now or you’re fired” driven by the organization AND its fans, good players will continue to get slaps on the wrist from the league.

    People want it both ways: Exile players who commit acts like this, while also demanding their team wins the SB and calling for heads when that doesn’t happen.

  14. All these clowns comparing this to Ray Rice physically assaulting a woman are just ignorant. Verbal abuse and physical assault are completely different. Big Ben raped two women and he’s still playing for the Steelers. Brady and Belicheat verbally abuse every human in the organization and nobody bats an eye. Matty P gang raped a woman in college but BB kept it under wraps the entire time he chose to employ him.

  15. I would like to know how yelling at his crazy ex gets him 4 games, yet Winston finger raped a woman and gets 3? Zeke was under investigation for rape and then exposes a woman to entire crown of drunks at a parade? He deserved 16 games.

  16. …I love the comments attempting to defend this action with, “Oh, well it was ‘only’ verbal abuse, so it’s not quite as bad”. Pray tell – where exactly in the “Roger Goodell Rulebook of Heavy-Handed Discipline”, are the degrees of domestic violence accusations spelled out?

    **spoiler alert** – There are no degrees – it’s supposed to be “6 games”, period. At least, that’s what we’ve been told.

    Admit it – there is no rhyme or reason to Goodell’s actions. He picks and chooses exactly how he wants to punish a player, based solely on optics and partnerships he has with the particular owner involved, and it can’t be any more obvious. Ask Josh Brown how the degrees of domestic violence work…

  17. I love how others are somehow singling out the Ravens organization as if their team would operate differently. Gtfo every team does the same – if you produce, you can get away with more. Am I opposed to it? Definitely, but don’t act like your team wouldn’t do the same.

  18. Love the headline. Of course the Ravens aren’t going to cut him. He is a good player. If they did cut him there would be a dozen teams lining up to sign him after the suspension.

  19. From the land that brought you Ray Lewis, Jermaine Lewis, Jamal Lewis, and Ray Rice, why WOULD they even think about cutting the guy??

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