The NFL has suspended Baltimore Ravens’ Jimmy Smith for the first four regular-season games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. According to docsports.com this will have an impact on the teams odds of winning.
“The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct. Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong,” the Ravens said in a statement, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “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.”
In November, The Baltimore Sun reported that the mother of Smith’s young son accused Smith of substance abuse, illicit drug usage, and a history of being physically violent toward her. At the time, Smith denied the allegations.
Prior to their decision, the Ravens consulted with relationship and domestic violence experts as well as weighing the opinions of Ravens women and men executives, not directly involved with football operations. They also spoke with Smith.
Here is what Smith had to say in regards to his suspension:
From Jimmy Smith via the Ravens pic.twitter.com/8wNoch1EQ7
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 21, 2018
This suspension will be a brutal loss for the Ravens. Smith has been with the team since they made him a first-round pick in 2011 and has racked up 11 interceptions during his career.