Friday, May 20, 2005

Whizzinator Sidelined For The Season

Minnesota Viking, Onterrio Smith
Teammates of Minnesota Vikings Onterrio Smith said the running back has been suspended for a year. The team would not confirm Smith’s suspension, but said Smith will be held out of the rest of developmental camp, which runs through mid-June. "He's been excused from the rest of the off-season program and he'll be gone indefinitely," coach Mike Tice said Thursday. "I really can't speak about any reasons why or when he'll be back. It's in the league's hands. We'll leave it at that." The team would not officially confirm if Smith was out for training camp, which begins at the end of July. The reason for Smith's suspension was not immediately released. Smith, 24, rushed for 579 yards as a rookie and led the Vikings last season with 544 yards. Smith spent part of the 2004 season on the bench, serving a four game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In the summer of 2004, Smith tested positive for marijuana. At the time, Smith was in the league’s substance-abuse program for at least one other previous positive test. In April 2005, Smith was detained at the Minneapolis/ St. Paul International Airport with a device called “The Original Whizzinator.” Smith reportedly told police the device is used “for making a clean urine test.”
The Original Whizzinator