The newest Baltimore Raven hasn't taken long to make his presence felt. Steve Smith joined the team after his release from the Carolina Panthers, and he has been humble, deferential and excited about the next phase of his career.
He also has shown he's a pretty entertaining guy, despite the reputation he carries with some about being a hothead. But that's just not the whole picture of Smith.
Joining Dan LeBatard's ESPN Radio show, Smith was in the midst of answering a question about players he doesn't like in the NFL — dang it! — before he was pulled over by the police. It's about 1:24 into the video. Pretty funny transcript, if you ask me:
Smith: “Oh ... see, you guys got me in trouble. I’m getting pulled over by the police.”
Le Batard: “Right now? While we are talking to you?”
Le Batard: “Were you speeding?”
Smith: “No, I’m not speeding. I guess I’m on my cellphone. … How about I keep you on hold while I go through the procedure?”
Le Batard: "And you'll tell us about it when you come back?"
Co-host Bomani Jones suggests at this point that it's possible that Smith was pulled over for something other than a cell phone. "Sounds like a man his height, driving a car that nice, they don't believe it's his," Jones said. After about three minutes, Smith got back at around the 4:30 mark. Turns out, Jones was right about this much: The cell phone was not the reason why Smith was pulled over.
Dan Le Batard: “You must have gotten out of the ticket if you’re back that fast, right?”
Smith: “Hey, when you don’t have any warrants or prior arrests, you know, it goes a long way with being a good citizen.”
Co-host Jon "Stugotz" Weiner: “Did you drop the Steve Smith card at all?”
Smith: “No I didn’t. My ID does that."
They all belly laugh.
Weiner: “Does your ID say 'NFL wide receiver'? Is the cop a football fan?”
Smith: “No, my ID is cleared as no priors, so I was good.”
Dan Le Batard: “What did you get in trouble for? Being on the cellphone?”
Smith: “Nah, you know. Uhh, hey, a brother driving a nice car … you know, sometimes they got to make sure … it all matches up.”
Jones couldn't help later on Twitter but to be amazed at what Smith has become in the NFL, despite two prior fights with teammates that could have derailed his career.
we really don’t talk enough about how steve smith managed to become a cult hero despite those two sucker punches. pretty amazing, really.
— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) March 20, 2014
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