Former Missouri Tiger football star Aldon Smith, who has had a rocky career as a pro football player, is currently serving a one year suspension for failing the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. If the video clip that has surfaced from an account that is linked to Smith is legit, he may land in more hot water and may have played his final game in the NFL for sure.
Here’s the backstory: CSN Bay Area first ran the story of a video clip that shows a man (who could be Smith) holding what looks to be a hand-rolled cigarette. The footage was posted to a Periscope account named Ricky @Ravenga that features Smith in several videos. This particular clip “Fire up session” — does not show Smith’s face but does include a voice referencing Aldon Smith.
When a female suggests not posting the video, the man says: “You’re stupid. You’re tripping. (Expletive deleted), they don’t know it’s me. It’s not like I put ‘Aldon Smith.'” The video cuts out.
On Monday, Smith took to his Twitter account to offer a response to the video:
So many questions. Is he saying someone hacked the account? Was this a friend’s dumb idea of a joke? Is the account even Aldon’s? Why the name Ricky? Is that an alter-ego? Did Smith have second thoughts and stop recording, only to have the app have a delay and catch a couple of seconds of Smith speaking, while thinking he’s done recording?
Most of Smith’s videos are really quite ridiculous with no real reason for why he is posting the video. He’s usually laying around in bed or on the couch…rambles about nothing. They usually last any from 30 seconds to 2:30 minutes.
I’ve taken screen shots of his hands and pulled udio from portions of the videos (where he isn’t dropping the F-bomb or N-word). My first impression is that the voices are slightly different and the hand holding the cigarette looks much smaller than Smith’s hand…but I can’t make a final determination. I’ll leave that up to the NFL.
Give a listen for yourself.
Voice on the “Fired Up” Periscope
Sample of Aldon’s voice on other Periscope videos in which his face appears
The hands that is holding the “cigarette” appears to be much smaller compared to other videos posted by Smith. What do you think?