The Browns continue to have issues with players taking guns into airports, as now its defensive lineman Robaire Smith’s turn. Smith oddly enough was with fellow Browns DL Shaun Rogers when he took a gun into the airport in Cleveland a few months back.
But if you’re wondering why Smith didn’t learn from Rogers’ mistake, Smith’s incident happened first.
Smith, 32, was going through security at Bishop Airport in Flint, Mich. on Nov. 6 when a loaded gun was found in his carry-on. Rogers was arrested April 1st after a loaded gun was found in his bag at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. He pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a court date.
Smith, who was heading to Atlanta, was carrying a Belgium 5.7 caliber gun, which had between 15 and 17 rounds in the magazine but no bullet in the chamber, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton told the Flint Journal.
Like Rogers, Smith told airport security he forgot the gun was in his bag. The gun was confiscated and he was released pending further investigation. Leyton issued the charge on Thursday, misdemeanor possession of a firearm in a sterile area of a commercial airport. It carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Smith’s attorney, Frank J. Manley, told the Flint Journal it’s an unfortunate incident and that Smith has been a role model for his hometown of Flint.
The Browns are still awaiting word from the NFL on possible disciplinary action against Rogers.