YardBarker- Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith is still currently serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse, so he should probably be laying low right now.
However, it seems that he’s doing quite the opposite. Smith has been posting videos on Periscope using an account named “ravenga,” under the name “Ricky.” As of Sunday morning, he had 29 followers, so we can assume that many of them are friends and family members.
There’s one video that was posted 16 days ago that’s been called into question, though. Smith is never featured in it, but you can hear his voice, and there’s also what looks to be a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette being smoked as well. There’s a man holding it, but we never see his face.
In all fairness, Aldon Smith has probably been given two repetitive lines of advice since his first substance abuse violation. I imagine they were something to the effect of "don't let a little bit of weed ruin your entire career" and "stay off your social media accounts". Well, you can say what you want about the severe lack of intelligence that it takes to post this video, but you can say it doesn't fit the parameters set forth by overseers. When you consider the size of an NFL defensive lineman's hands that bluntly sized blunt is filled with far more than little weed, and the smoking of it is clearly being posted on Ravenga's periscope. If anything, this is on his glorified babysitters for not being more clear about drug usage and internet presence. Some NFL athletes just really need things spelled out for them, and I have a feeling that Aldon Smith's circle of trust kinda sounded it out and expected him to put the pieces together. If there is anything we should know about him by now it's that he's not to be trusted in making the correct implications.
That's why someone should have told him directly that blowing 'dro on someone else's video can still get you suspended. Someone should have told him directly that you don't need a certain amount of followers to go viral. Someone should have told him directly that all Roger Goodell needs to levy punishments is the smallest of suspicions of foul play. This completely unnecessary, mind melting display of ignorance isn't on Aldon Smith because Aldon Smith is literally too stupid to be responsible for his own actions. Oh well, at least he'll always have his reputation, because that's surely still in tact.