Suspended Raiders LB Aldon Smith may have posted video of himself violating NFL drug policy

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Aldon Smith is serving a year-long suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. It wouldn’t be a good idea for the Oakland Raiders linebacker to break that policy again — and if he chose to do so anyway, it certainly wouldn’t be smart for him to post video evidence of himself doing so.

But Smith may have done just that. A video of an unidentified man and woman smoking a rolled cigarette was recently posted to a Periscope account that has been used by Smith during the last couple of months.

The man’s face is never shown during the minute-long video of what he describes as a “fire-up session.” The woman tries to convince him it’s a bad idea to do whatever they’re doing on Periscope, which is streams a video live to an account’s followers, then archives it so anyone can view it.


“They don’t know it’s me,” the man tells her. “It’s not like I put Aldon Smith” — the recording then abruptly ends.

Smith seemingly denied he’s the man on the video.“Good try, not me,” he tweeted on Monday.

Smith was drafted seventh overall by the San Francisco 49ers in 2011 and was a Pro Bowler the following year. He served a nine-game suspension in 2014 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Last season, his first with the Raiders, ended early for Smith, who was suspended in November. He could be eligible for reinstatement in September.



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12:40 p.m.: This article was updated with a tweet by Smith.

This article was originally published at 8:35 a.m.