Ravens CB Jimmy Smith suspended four games for 'threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors' toward ex-girlfriend

Jimmy Smith has received eight games worth of suspensions in the last calendar year. (AP)
Jimmy Smith has received eight games worth of suspensions in the last calendar year. (AP)

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith received a four-game suspension from the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Ravens released a statement saying the NFL found “evidence of threatening and emotionally abusive behaviors by Jimmy toward his former girlfriend,” calling it “inappropriate and wrong.”

The team also said it consulted domestic violence experts while reviewing the matter and that Smith has undergone clinical evaluation.

This is the second four-game suspension Smith has received in the past calendar year. He received the same penalty late last season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancement substances, but he rode that punishment out while on the injured reserve list due to a torn Achilles.

The relationship in question has involved a long-running custody dispute, but the Ravens say that Smith’s custody and support issues have been resolved.

Smith offers apology

Smith released a statement to reporters, apologizing for his actions and saying he will try to be “a better person and better father.”

Smith will be eligible to return Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.

While Smith is out, the Ravens are scheduled to face the Bills, Bengals, Broncos and Steelers, which means the team will face Kelvin Benjamin, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas and Antonio Brown without its top corner.

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