The NFL has suspended the top cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens, Jimmy Smith, four games for violating the league’s personal conduct policy relating to an ongoing custody disagreement with his former girlfriend.
The NFL issued the following statement:
JIMMY SMITH of the Baltimore Ravens has been suspended without pay for the Ravens’ first four regular-season games for a violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy.
Smith’s suspension will take effect as of the final roster reduction on September 1 and he will be eligible to return on October 1 following the Ravens’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith may continue to participate in all of his club’s preseason activities, including games.
The Ravens said that it’s due to the his “threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors” towards his ex-girlfriend, via a separate press release on the team’s official website.
“The NFL found evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend that showed a pattern of improper conduct,” the Ravens said Tuesday in a statement. “Our player’s behavior was inappropriate and wrong.”
Jimmy Smith missed the final four games of last season after sustaining a torn Achilles injury in a Week 13 loss to the Detroit Lions. As it turned out, he was going to be sidelined from Week 14 to Week 17 anyway, as the league handed him a four-game suspension due to a violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
Smith played in 12 games in 2017 and finished the season with three interceptions and 26 tackles.