Za'Darius Smith ticketed for pot

Mike Clemens
November 01, 2019 - 5:24 pm

Za'Darius Smith, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker, appear at Racine County Courthouse, facing citations -- not criminal charges – for speeding and possession of marijuana or synthetic marijuana. 

The citations stem from a Sept. 29 traffic stop in which Smith, along with rookie teammates Rashan Gary and Kinglsey Keke, were pulled over for speeding.

As reported by

Because a deputy smelled the odor of marijuana, all three players were asked to step out and were handcuffed and questioned separately.

Smith told a deputy he had smoked some marijuana earlier before the group left an apartment in Chicago to return to Green Bay. Deputies' reports indicated that none of the men smelled of marijuana once they were separated from the Yukon.

According to the reports, when asked about them again by a second deputy, after he read Smith his Miranda rights, Smith said, "What weed?" before saying "I'll put it on me," when asked if the blunts and the vaping cartridge were his.


The Packers are aware of the incident, but have declined further comment – as did Smith’s agent – according to

It is not yet known if the incident will constitute a suspension for Smith, Gary or Keke. Read the full report from below.