Strangest ’16 Offseason Stories: #8-#7

As we continue our Strangest Things segment from last offseason, we recount a tale of a man dumb enough to post a video of himself smoking weed and two fellas that decided to holdout for quite an extended period of time.

8) Aldon Smith’s Periscope Video

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As we’ve highlighted often over this “Strangest” segment, the NFL has a problem with social media. Players can post whatever they want to and many of these athletes obviously don’t think before they post. This creates many bizarre situations like the one that often-troubled linebacker Aldon Smith found himself in. To recount all of the former 49ers’ NFL problems could be a segment of its own. The Raider entered last offseason in the initial stages of a year long suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. If Smith was a good boy, he would have been eligible for November reinstatement. However, Smith is rarely good. In fact he posted a video on the application Periscope titled “Fire up Session” in which he smoked weed.  To make the post even more ridiculous, he even said his own name in the video at the end. To make it even more ridiculous, he was referencing that he wasn’t an idiot for posting the video because it’s not like he’s saying his name….Aldon Smith. Facepalm. Now some will say we never confirmed that Smith was in fact the man in the video; however, the member name, login history of the account, and general logic would suggest it was clearly the linebacker. Needless to say, Smith is still under review by the league for reinstatement and many believe he’ll remain frozen (or stoned maybe?) there for quite some time. 

7) Holdouts Gone Wild

Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) on the field before the game between the Washington Redskins and the New York Jets at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NFL Offseason had not only one but two epic holdouts that counted down all the way to days before the start of the regular season. The most notable holdout was of course with now former New York Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Harvard man actually had no contract all offseason until just days before their first regular season game. It literally came down to reporters speculating that he could sign as late as a Friday before the start of the regular season and squeeze in one or two days of practice. It ended up not being that close, but not too far off the mark. And we all know how awesome that worked out for the Jets. Apparently starting quarterbacks need training camp, preseason games, and practicing with their wide receivers to not suck. The second holdout was lottery pick and San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. Bosa’s reluctance to sign the Chargers set a new collective bargaining agreement record of inefficiency of signing a rookie. Although Fitzy sucked balls this year, Bosa was surprisingly a serious defensive threat despite all that missed training camp time. Of course it took him some time to get into the mix of things after that long vacation.