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Posted on: July 2, 2010 7:38 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2010 8:38 pm

The Browns have released a terse statement regarding defensive end Robaire Smith. In an email to Pro Football Talk, GM Tom Heckert said, "We have been aware of the situation with Robaire Smith and continue to monitor it closely.”R. Smith (US Presswire)

Earlier today Smith was charged with possession of a firearm in an airport, according to the Flint Journal (Michigan). This stems from last November when Smith was questioned prior to boarding a flight from Bishop Airport to Atlanta. An airport security X-ray machine showed a loaded gun in Smiths’ carry-on bag.

According to reports, the Belgium 5.7 caliber gun had between 15 and 17 rounds in the magazine but did not have a bullet in the chamber. Smith told authorities he had forgotten about the weapon. The delay in legal action had to do with deliberations over whether to bring about federal or local charges. (Smith is being charged locally.)

Smith is the second Browns defensive lineman to be charged with firearm possession at an airport this offseason. In April, Shaun Rogers was arrested for having a loaded gun at Cleveland airport. No word yet on whether the NFL will discipline either player.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:18 am

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Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: July 5, 2010 11:00 am

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The only double standard is the Feds not pressing charges and allowing Smith to be charged locally.  I am pro Gun but guys this like jerk who are so totally irresponsible with their firearms should lose the privilege to carry them and do some time.  The excuse that "I forgot it was in my bag" is exactly why he should not be allowed to own guns.  Period.  I hope Goodell does the right thing and sits this guy down for a few games for treating his guns like a typical thug fashion accessory.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2010 9:02 pm

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Double standards all around if this were some muslim with a gun instead of some stupid over paid stupid primadona athelete the feds would have already charged him and branded him a terrorist. What if a terrorist would have gotten a hold of the gun this stupid moron was trying to get on the plane? Would you want you are anybody you know to be on a plane with a stupid moron and a gun? They wouldn't be waiting on the local goverments to decide nothing. Stupidity is not an excuse charge him for the gun and add time on for being stupid.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 4:09 pm

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I'm thinking someone must be out to get the d-linemen for these teams. Two d-lineman in 4 months or less being charged with loaded guns in an airport? they must be fearing for their lives. Better send the word out to free agents around the league not to sign with the Browns.

Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: July 4, 2010 8:58 am

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I am no gun nut, but I have no issue with his owning or even carrying a I recall from the story last fall, he is licensed to do so.  However, if you do not know where your guns are at all times, ESPECIALLY whether you have one when you head to the airport is just stupid.  He should at the very least get his gun license revoked.

People who are irresponsible with guns should not be allowed to have them.  They give a bad reputation to people who own guns responsibly.

Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 4, 2010 5:58 am

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what would an intelligent huge professional lineman need to carry with him to protect himself.... NOTHING.... your freaking huge bro nobody is going to mess with you unless you are doing stupid stuff.... Stupid Stupid Stupid is the only explanation... I hate to tell you I handle firearms all the time in actual dangerous places, but I would never have forgotten to doublecheck a bag or certainly that I had one on me... they must have heard of someone taking it thru the airport and they wanted to see if they could get away with it..... Stupid Stupid Stupid.... this makes being a Browns fan tough, as if the Browns have not given me enough to be disappointed with... they hire the stupidest athletes they can find and then let them out of their sight for a couple of months out of a year

Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2010 8:43 pm

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Incredibly stupid!  The rationale (excuse) "I didn't know I had it," just doesn't fly.  Interestingly, it's taken nearly eight months to file charges.  Deliberations over whether to bring Federal or Local charges?  Can't buy that either.  In any event, it looks like the Browns D-Line will be a little undermanned this fall.

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