Eric Weddle: Jimmy Smith suspension “hard to fathom”

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The NFL announced a four-game suspension under the personal conduct policy for Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith this week and the team said it supported the league’s finding that “found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct.”

The Ravens also said that they consulted with “relationship and domestic violence experts” before making the decision to keep Smith on the roster. Smith issued his own statement saying that he takes “full responsibility for my past conduct” and will work to be a better person.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh pointed to those two statements when asked to comment Thursday on Smith’s suspension and the team’s decision to keep him on the roster. Safety Eric Weddle was less reserved when it came to sharing his feeling that the punishment did not fit the crime.

“I’m very close to Jimmy and it’s unfortunate with what happened,” Weddle said, via Childs Walker of the Baltimore Sun. “It’s hard to fathom arguing with your [significant other], never touching her and that gets you a suspension like this when guys are getting DUIs or physically abusing other people, and they never get near this [penalty]. I know details of it that I can’t get into, so I just feel bad for him. And it’s hard for a guy put into that spot, where he can’t really stand up for himself and tell the truth. Because if he does, it’ll be a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.”

Weddle said that he feels the Ray Rice situation was “obviously” on the Ravens’ mind when it came to keeping Smith on the roster and opined that “they wouldn’t have done what they did and support him if they didn’t have all the facts” regarding Smith’s behavior. Without more from Harbaugh, General Manager Ozzie Newsome or team owner Steve Bisciotti, the team’s statement, including a line about Smith understanding “the consequences if he does not” change his behavior, will stand on its own.

38 responses to “Eric Weddle: Jimmy Smith suspension “hard to fathom”

  1. Wait, was the allegation that he EMOTIONALLY and VERBALLY abused his girlfriend? Seriously? He’s being suspended and he did not touch her?

    Wow. Publicity is REALLY important these days.

  2. Not a Ravens fan. I don’t like the team at all. But suspending Smith 4 games for that is a joke. Just like the NFL is becoming a joke…

    What’s next? Suspending a player for Jay-walking…

  3. “Wait, was the allegation that he EMOTIONALLY and VERBALLY abused his girlfriend?
    Seriously? He’s being suspended and he did not touch her?”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    You must not believe that EMOTIONAL and VERBAL abuse are abuse.

    Maybe… you should research the word ‘abuse’, ‘verbal abuse’, and ’emotional abuse’.

    I bet I know whose side you were on during the lil’ richie incognito drama.

  4. “I know details of it that I can’t get into, so I just feel bad for him. And it’s hard for a guy put into that spot, where he can’t really stand up for himself and tell the truth. Because if he does, it’ll be a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.”

    How can the truth make it worse???

  5. Totally agree, but if Zeke gets 6 games for dating a psycho, then other teams should be randomly punished as well, for a ritual blood sacrifice. The Ravens are getting off easy here.

  6. It’s getting ridiculous now… they never look at the ratchet women that play a part in this. It’s automatically the man’s fault.

  7. Verbal and emotional abuse also equals psychological abuse and that’s far worse than most physical abuse ever could be.

    I don’t know the details of Smith’s case, but unfortunately, some guys on here seem quite oblivious to the above

  8. Well Moron, if you follow the Ravens then you know this woman was a cancer and always starting stuff with him. She is what most people call a trap.

    doctorrustbelt says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:21 pm
    “Wait, was the allegation that he EMOTIONALLY and VERBALLY abused his girlfriend?
    Seriously? He’s being suspended and he did not touch her?”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    You must not believe that EMOTIONAL and VERBAL abuse are abuse.

    Maybe… you should research the word ‘abuse’, ‘verbal abuse’, and ’emotional abuse’.

    I bet I know whose side you were on during the lil’ richie incognito drama.

  9. So, basically he got mad and called her some names. That got him suspended. What a bunch of snowflakes.

  10. None of us know the real details here, and any suspension of a pro bowl caliber player hurt the team. But was is done is done and this is on Jimmy.

    The only positive I can take of this situation is that Jimmy has a hard time staying healthy anyway, so maybe sitting out the first four games will allow him to be healthy when we get into the playoffs.

  11. ravissevens ,

    No one is oblivious to anything. We’re just tired of the inconsistent rulings or the rulings not even based on facts but rather public perception. It’s kind of the whole reason everyone got so outraged about Ray Rice in the first place because it never made sense to anyone either, and then that tape came out that confirmed why it didn’t make sense. Now, this is on the other end of the spectrum where this guy is going through a divorce where things get testy verbally all of the time, and the NFL is stepping in the middle of this? In what universe does that make sense. I don’t know of any engineering firm or law firm that calls you down to the office about what your ex-spouse alleged from private moments in family court. They don’t even do it if it’s corroborated, which none of this is.

  12. silvernblacksabbath says:
    August 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm
    “I know details of it that I can’t get into, so I just feel bad for him. And it’s hard for a guy put into that spot, where he can’t really stand up for himself and tell the truth. Because if he does, it’ll be a lot worse in the grand scheme of things.”

    How can the truth make it worse???

    ————-

    Are you that naive?

    People are quick to call you “victim shaming” or “blaming” if you DARE stand up to (false) accusations.

  13. Weddle does not get abuse is abuse no matter what side of this story he looks at. What Weddle does not get is in the real world people lose their jobs completely for this action. Only the NFL is one suspended for a few games and all is forgiven. The self absorbed player of today in the NFL are confused on what society expects from men.

  14. I’m sorry I am as big an advocate for victims of domestic abuse as anyone. I counsel them. But this suspension is wrong. No melikefootball, people do not lose their jobs over this all the time (don’t know what company you ran, if any). I have actually run companies. Big ones and small ones. And people do not lose their jobs, or get suspended for this. He might be an a-hole, but maybe not. People here get butt hurt because you insult their team. Is that emotional abuse? Well, technically under this definition the answer is yes. While I would love to have dumb commenters banned from posting…Ain’t the right answer. This is not a 4 game check offense. This is a breakup/counseling moment. No one even denies he never laid hands, in which case I would be all over it.

  15. melikefootball says:
    August 23, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Weddle does not get abuse is abuse no matter what side of this story he looks at. What Weddle does not get is in the real world people lose their jobs completely for this action. Only the NFL is one suspended for a few games and all is forgiven. The self absorbed player of today in the NFL are confused on what society expects from men

    ~~~~~

    This is where I have to cry foul. What company outside of the NFL would investigate an incident of emotional and verbal abuse when there isn’t any police action? And then to say “in the real world people lose their jobs completely for this action”. I’ve never heard of it.

    The NFL is about perception. Players represent the brand. They should be held to a higher standard but lets not say he’s getting off easy.

  16. I could ALMOST buy into the NFL’s completely inconsistent pattern of punishment if I thought they had anybody’s best interests in mind, but regardless of all the questions about consistency, one has to wonder just what greater purpose keeping the dude away from his football team for 4 weeks is supposed to accomplish?

    Do you think Smith’s attitude about women and/or abuse is going to fundamentally change specifically by not playing football for 4 weeks? Will those on his team and other players in the league learn anything from this situation other than Jimmy Smith isn’t playing football for 4 weeks, if that’s the only form his retribution takes? I’d think some actual mandatory counseling and education on the matter, for both the team and the player involved might actually serve the purpose better than telling the perpetrator to simply stay out-of-sight and out-of-mind for four whole weeks while pretending you’ve taken some sort of high road.

  17. Florio already skewered Smith in his previous articles despite a complete lack of evidence or informaiton.
    Jumping to conclusions is what the NFL did in this case too.

  18. Dear Eric – since you aren’t in the domestic violence field (I am) it is obvious you know jack. This clown would not be suspended if this was just about having “heated words”. As much as I loathe NFL management, they know more about this subject than you do. I suggest you stick to dressing up as a football player on game day and let the thinking to people who are trained.

    Personally, domestic abuse should result in a year long suspension tied to group and individual therapy. This guy obviously has issues. 4 weeks means nothing to him. He will go back to harming others.

  19. Any professional athlete that seriously dates anyone has rocks in their heads. Careers are short. Wait until you’re done playing or at least 10 years after you entered whatever league you play in.

  20. Kraft and Rooney teamed up to pay their good buddy Roger for this fake news suspension. Shows just how scared and desperate they are.

  21. The NFL is killing itself. Inconsistent rulings, anthem weirdness, being the Thought Police and nonsensical rule changes. There is a breaking point, and they’re approaching it sooner than they think.

  22. Jimmy Smith

    [April 28, 2011 – Drafted by Ravens despite reports that multiple teams removed him completely from their draft boards due to his history of arrests, failed drug tests, failure to accept responsibility for his actions and suspected maturity issues]

    2011 – Missed 4 games. Ankle Sprain

    2012 – Missed 5 games. Hernia

    [Offseason 2014 – arrested for Disorderly Conduct – no league response]

    2014 – Missed 8 games. Ankle

    2016 – Missed 2 games. Lingering back injury.

    2017 – Missed 4 games. Achilles injury which happened to coincide with the same 4 games as his league suspension for PED use

    2018 – Will miss 4 games (so far). League suspension for “Threatening and emotionally abusive behavior”

  23. ““Wait, was the allegation that he EMOTIONALLY and VERBALLY abused his girlfriend?
    Seriously? He’s being suspended and he did not touch her?”
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    You must not believe that EMOTIONAL and VERBAL abuse are abuse.

    Maybe… you should research the word ‘abuse’, ‘verbal abuse’, and ’emotional abuse’.

    I bet I know whose side you were on during the lil’ richie incognito drama”

    ————

    Um, they’re not abuse. They’re mean, and uncalled for, but they are not abuse. Much in the same way that manslaughter is not murder, and domestic violence is not the same as harassment.

    You clearly read what I said as stating that Smith did nothing wrong. What I actually said was that the punishment does not fit the crime, and it is hardly the NFL’s jurisdiction. What consitutes “verbal and emotional abuse” (which by the way is claimed in every single divorce or separation case ever) is so subject to interpretation that any effort to punish it is just as muddled as the definition of the crime.

    And, since you asked, I thought Incognito should have been suspended. The details of what he and John Jerry did were far more damning and much worse than a vague (and questionably verified, if at all) accusation of “emotional and verbal” abuse. What’s more, they did in an NFL locker room and in NFL facilities. That’s why it was an NFL problem. The NFL is not the legal system, and the reason why is its obsession with PR and profits. Whether or not Smith is guilty, the NFL has cause to punish him to look good.

    If being mean is a crime, I’m sure there are far more people than just Jimmy Smith who deserve suspensions.

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