VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Arrest Of Green Bay Packer's Za'Darius Smith

Bodycam shows Racine County sheriff's deputies bust Green Bay Packer Za'Darius Smith for speeding and drug possession.

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:

Comments (27)
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Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

A cordial encounter. Many people in today's society could actually learn a bit about how to interact with law enforcement officers from watching this.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Professional and gentlemen all the way. Best result from unfortunate situation.

JTAII
JTAII

Mr. Smith was courteous and non-confrontational, very respectful. He gets my respect and thanks for showing how a true gentleman should act. Too many people, of every race, get confrontational and disrespectful, then wonder why things go down hill. Thank you so much Mr. Smith.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Fantastic interaction, but wish he would have owned up to the charges. Pay your fines and don't waste the courts and officers time.

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

And that's how it's suppose to go.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I couldn't agree more that this is how a traffic stop is supposed to go. So many people could learn from this interaction 👍🏻

fedupveteran
fedupveteran

WOW, he didn't play the victicrat. Incredible. Some folks could learn a lot from Mr Smith.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

It’s just that simple folks, 21 mph over, doubt the officer knew the race of the violator or that he played in the NFL. Did his job, violator complies, tickets issued and on his way, fight it in court not on the street.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

WTF? Is DUI no longer against the law?

61mouse
61mouse

I was waiting for " got pulled over by a white cop he dragged me out of vehicle without saying why I was stopped . And bah bah

Mumsy
Mumsy

This was a pleasure to watch!! That is how a stop such as this is supposed to go. It has given me a different opinion of both sides. Very well done!!!

observer1
observer1

It's been 35 years since I smoked any grass but I remember that I didn't like driving when high because the weed messed up my perception, a lot. With that said, this man was evidently "raised right". If only all blacks were like him it would be a wonderful world.

Stanracer
Stanracer

A certain group of people could take a lesson from this. This is the way a traffic stop should go. Respect and compliance with demands. Everyone goes home safe.

Pops C
Pops C

hmmm.... the title states ((VIDEO: Bodycam Shows Arrest Of Green Bay Packer's Za'Darius Smith)) BUT he was never arrested ??? he was just issued citations..

50wt
50wt

What a dumb-ass. He knows he is guilty, and he has a contract for 66 million, but going to hire an attorney and plead not guilty over a few hundred dollar citation. Man up, plead guilty and move on.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Who would ever think that a video of a NFL player could be used as a positive video for how things should be done

We9erfam
We9erfam

He was very respectful to the Deptys took responsibility for his actions classy guy.

Det_John_Kimble
Det_John_Kimble

Why do idiots still wear their pants low showing their underwear? Dumbest look ever.

justhefactsmaam
justhefactsmaam

Why is this even a story?