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Police find Vikings' Smith with kit to circumvent drug tests Published: 05/11/05 1:44 pm
MINNEAPOLIS - Airport police detained Minnesota Vikings running back Onterrio Smith last month after they found paraphernalia later identified as a kit used to circumvent drug tests, the Star Tribune reported Wednesday.
Police said they didn't arrest or charge Smith, who they said acknowledged he was carrying dried urine, along with a device called "The Original Whizzinator" and a bottle of pills labeled "Cleansing Formula."
According to the police report on the April 21 incident, Smith told officers the kit was "for making a clean urine test" and said he was taking the materials to his cousin.The newspaper was unable to reach Smith for comment. His agents, Michael Sullivan, Doug Hendrickson and Jeff Sperbeck, would not comment. Vikings coach Mike Tice said he didn't know about the incident and had no comment.
Last season, Smith was suspended for four games after testing positive for marijuana. That was his second "strike" in the NFL's substance-abuse program. A third "strike" would result in a yearlong suspension.NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said an attempt to substitute a urine specimen qualifies as a positive test. He said he didn't know whether possession of a masking device fits that criteria.
Smith, 24, rushed for 579 yards as a rookie and led the Vikings last season with 544 yards.