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Questionable social media video appears to show Aldon Smith

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Questionable social media video appears to show Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith is living outside the spotlight these days while serving a calendar-year suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

The Raiders edge rusher and former 49ers first-round draft pick hasn’t spoken publicly in some time but has been active on Periscope, a social media service that broadcasts live video to a person’s followers. The segments are made public, and can be viewed by anyone with a Periscope account.

Some older videos are archived, and Smith has used an account titled “ravenga,” to post video segments under the name “Ricky.”

The account, as of Sunday morning, has 29 followers. Smith is clearly shown on camera in most videos, where he generally talks about current events or what he’s doing at the moment.

Given his current suspension, past DUI convictions and pending misdemeanor charges of DUI with a prior conviction, hit and run and vandalism levied by the Santa Clara County District Attorney, one video puts him a questionable light.

Among the 31 video segments archived and publicly available is an installment entitled “Fire up session,” where Smith never appears on camera but his voice, unmistakable when compared to other videos where he talks directly to the camera, has a conversation with an unidentified female about a hand-rolled cigarette shown on screen.

The video is posted above. Here is a transcript of the exchange:

Female: (Expletive deleted), I’m not (messing) with you.

Male: I don’t give a (care). Ain’t nobody (messing) with us. We’ve got zero followers. Where is the ashtray at?( to audience) This is what you call a fire up session.

Female: (Expletive deleted), you shouldn’t even be posting that.

Male: (coughing) (Expletive deleted), do you see my face?

Female: No, but what if…

Male: They don’t have my name. This is just a fire up session.

Female: So, if you just put it on there...it’s just doing it? It’s live? That’s hella stupid.

Male: Shut up. You hella stupid. You trying to smoke, fam? Is this the ashtray?

Female: Yeah. You ain’t using it no more, right?

Male: I’m using it.

Female: Oh, that’s a (expletive deleted) (inaudible)? Oh, a (inaudible)?

Male: You’re stupid. You’re tripping. (Expletive deleted), they don’t know it’s me. It’s not like I put “Aldon Smith”…

The video cuts off at that point. That Periscope segment was posted 16 days ago and is in a series of posts, 31 of which are currently archived by the social media service.

Smith has recently engaged in light dialogue with fans messaging him during frequent live sessions.

Smith signed a two-year, $11.5 million contract with the Raiders that includes no guaranteed money. He cannot participate in team activities or have contact with Raiders personnel outside of the team’s director of player engagement.

Smith’s suspension under the NFL substance abuse policy falls under Stage Three banishment, meaning he can apply for reinstatement 60 days before his suspension ends in November. The NFL must approve his reinstatement, which will only occur if he follows stipulations required by the league’s substance abuse policy.

Per the league’s substance abuse policy, the application must include information about the player’s: “(a) Treatment; (b) Abstinence from Substances of Abuse throughout the entire period of his banishment; (c) Involvement with any Substances of Abuse related incidents; and (d) Arrests and/or convictions for any criminal activity, including Substances of Abuse-related offense.”

The NFL’s substance abuse policy can be viewed in its entirety here.

Smith signed with the Raiders just prior the 2015 regular season, roughly a month after being released by the 49ers following an Aug. 6 run-in with the law that prompted aforementioned misdemeanor charges by the Santa Clara County D.A.

Smith had 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks in nine games with the Raiders. He was viewed as a positive locker room presence during that time, and was well liked by the organization. Smith was drafted No. 7 overall by the 49ers in 2011, and has 47.5 sacks in five seasons. He is considered among the league’s premiere pass rushers, but his NFL tenure has been plagued by off-field incidents that have resulted in punitive action by the league.

Smith’s agent declined comment.

Derek Carr explains what being Raiders' starting quarterback means to him

Derek Carr explains what being Raiders' starting quarterback means to him

Derek Carr is entering his sixth season as the starting quarterback of the Raiders. 

Drafted with the No. 36 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Carr has been the face of the Silver and Black for more than half a decade. An honor that means more to him than he can fully describe. 

"This is something that I dreamed of as a kid," Carr told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "When I grew up it was Cowboys and Raiders. That's all I knew, you know? I want to leave a legacy here. I don't just want to be someone who, "Oh yeah, he used to play here.' I want to be one of those guys that when you think of the Raiders that I'm one of the guys you think about. That's why I just continually give this city and this organization every bit of my energy."

Carr has had an up-and-down tenure in Oakland. He was seen as the hottest young quarterback in the NFL during the 2016 season, but his production has dipped over the last two campaigns.

Still, the Fresno State product has put up numbers, and currently is just 340 yards and 29 touchdowns shy of breaking Raiders passing records set by Kenny Stabler. Being mentioned in the same breath as the Raiders legend is special for Carr. 

"Honestly, that gives me goosebumps," Carr said. "That was my dad's favorite player growing up. That's all I heard about growing up. The Snake. That was it. ... To be in that position, in that conversation, to take that next step, I will do it with honor, respect, with gratitude to his family and just to honor him."

Stabler won Super Bowl XI with the Raiders and universally is recognized as one of the best players to ever don the silver and black. Carr wishes he and Stabler, who died in 2015, could sit down and talk so he could ask Stabler a myriad of questions, but one in particular.

"I would ask him, 'what did it mean to you to be the Raiders' quarterback?'" Carr said. "I want to know what made his heart -- just every day he woke up -- say, 'I love this place.' I want to know what made him tick. What made him, through the dogs days of camp, continually wear the silver and black. Through the hard times, the good times, what made him tick? You know, 'Mr. Stabler, what did you love about being the Raiders' quarterback?'"

As the Raiders prepare to kick off the 2019 season -- likely their last campaign before they leave Oakland for Las Vegas -- Carr has more weapons at his disposal than at any other point in his career.

Head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock revamped the offense in the offseason by trading for Antonio Brown, signing Tyrell Williams, drafting Josh Jacobs and Hunter Renfrow and signing right tackle Trent Williams to keep Carr upright.

Couple the new additions with another offseason to learn Gruden's complex offensive scheme and many believe Carr and the Bay Area pirates could have an explosive offensive season. 

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After a disappointing 2018 season that saw Carr and Gruden heavily criticized for the Raiders' lackluster performance, QB1 of the Silver and Black is out to silence critics of him and his team this year.

The campaign to silence the doubters begins in earnest Sept. 9 when the Raiders open the season on "Monday Night Football" against the Denver Broncos.

Antonio Brown had simple message for Kyler Murray after Raiders-Cardinals

Antonio Brown had simple message for Kyler Murray after Raiders-Cardinals

There was a lot of star power at State Farm Stadium on Thursday night.

It was No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray's second preseason game, and Antonio Brown donned the silver and black for the first time as a Raider, although he didn't play.

The Raiders' defense had its way with Murray, holding the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner to 3-for-8 passing for 12 yards and 4 yards rushing. Paul Guenther's defense also sacked Murray twice, including once for a safety. 

Despite the poor outing, Murray seems confident he and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury can put up big numbers in the desert with the Air Raid offense.

Following the Raiders' 33-26 win, Brown -- who remains out as he rehabs from frostbitten feet -- met up with Murray and had a simple message for a player many consider one of the future faces of the league.

Preach, AB.

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Murray looked sharp in his preseason debut, but he was flustered by the Raiders. The Cardinals' atrocious offensive line, which almost got Josh Rosen killed a year ago, hasn't improved at all. That's a huge issue for a team that plans to go empty and try to sling the pill a lot. Of course, Kingsbury and Murray also admitted their game plan was very vanilla as they continue their install.

As for Brown, the Raiders star went through pregame drills and appears to be close to showing the world he still is one of the game's top receivers.