VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Arrest Of Green Bay Packer's Za'Darius Smith
Green Bay, WI – Police released bodycam video of Racine County sheriff’s deputies busting Green Bay Packers linebacker Za’Darius Smith for speeding and drug possession (video below).
The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 as Smith and some teammates were driving home to Green Bay from Chicago, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
The deputy initially stopped the 2019 GMC Yukon for going 81 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 94.
But when he approached the vehicle, he smelled fresh marijuana, according to the police report.
Bodycam video released by the Racine County Sheriff’s Office showed the interaction between the deputy and Smith, who was the driver, was friendly.
The deputy asked Smith to get out of the car and then asked him if there was marijuana in the car.
“How much weed you got in there?” the deputy asked.
“We had smoked earlier,” Smith replied in the video.
“Sir, we play for the Packers, sir, we are just coming back from Chicago,” the linebacker told the deputy. “We smoked earlier.”
“You play for the Packers?” the deputy responded with an incredulous laugh.
He placed Smith and his passenger, teammate Kingsley Keke, in handcuffs and put them in the backseat of his police vehicle while he searched their car, the video showed.
“It’s tight back there especially for a tall guy, sorry,” the officer apologized.
“Nah, you good,” Smith replied.
The video showed the deputy’s search turned up several marijuana blunts and that Smith took responsibility for them.
He also found a vaping cartridge in a bag the linebacker said belonged to him, the video showed.
The deputy issued citations to Smith for the marijuana and speeding and explained he could pay the tickets or go to court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Then he released them and a friendly goodbye was exchanged between the deputy and the football players.
The deputies noted in their report that they didn’t notice any signs of impairment by Smith, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Smith has entered a not guilty plea to both the speeding and marijuana possession tickets.
His initial court appearance has been scheduled for December, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Smith earned $26.3 million in his first five seasons in the NFL.
Earlier this year, Smith signed a four-year, $66 million deal with the Packers in which $20 million of it was guaranteed.
You can see the footage from the stop in the video below: