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Packers LB Za’Darius Smith Cited for Possession of Marijuana, Speeding

Written by Will

In Racine County, Wisconsin back on September 29th, fellow Green Bay Packers defensive star Za’Darius Smith, Rashan Gary, and first round rookie Rashan Gary & mid-round pick Kingsley Keke were returning from a trip in Chicago. In a 2019 GMC Yukon heading northbound on I-94, authorities clocked the vehicle going 81 MPH in a 60 MPH construction zone. Fines in work zones according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation are doubled.

As the deputy activated his lights, Smith pulled over on the onramp on Wisconsin State Highway 20. The deputy came out to the side of the vehicle to get their information as the result of a violation in the work zone, the odor of marijuana came from the cab of the vehicle. All three players were asked to step out, and were handcuffed and questioned separately, according to a report.

Smith told a deputy that he had smoked marijuana earlier before the group left Chicago to head back to Green Bay. Further in the reports, none of the men had smelled of marijuana once separated from the vehicle. No drugs were found on the players, but three blunts (hollow cigars filled with marijuana) were located inside of a duffel bag in the rear of the SUV. The blunts were in a package of Backwoods cigars.

According to the police report – when asked about the blunts by a second deputy on site, after Miranda rights were read, Smith asked: “What weed?” before saying “I’ll put it on me” when asked if the blunts were indeed his. None of the men showed any signs as if they were high, and the background checks came out clean for any prior arrests involving marijuana possession. Smith was given two citations for speeding (20-24 over the limit in a work zone) and possession and was released. Reports were filed on Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 – with Smith expected to be in court on Thursday, November 7th.

Let’s bring in Stephen A. Smith for some choice words for Za’Darius, Kingsley, and Rashan:

As of Friday evening, it is unclear whether the event would result in a suspension of any of the players – but look for the head offices of the National Football League to investigate. Over the last couple of years, it should be noted that Packers running back Aaron Jones was suspended a couple of games for minor marijuana charges, related to use and possession. He was pulled over in October 2017 but was suspended the following season.

Smith signed a four-year, $66 million contract with Green Bay in the offseason and has been a key force in the defensive rush up front for the Packers. It should be known that a ticket for simply possessing marijuana can result in some sort of suspension down the road, it’s just a matter of if and when.

Credit: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Wisconsin Circuit Court Access

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