OWINGS MILLS, Md. — At his post-practice podium session July 29, cornerback Jimmy Smith recounted publicly for the first time the offseason incident in which he was held up at gunpoint in Southern California. Smith recalled that after renting a car and driving to a hotel with his partner and children in February, he checked in to the hotel, then returned to the car and was approached by men with guns drawn. He said another man put a gun to the stomach of the pregnant woman in the car.

Smith said the gunmen had targeted him and followed him as he made a couple of stops en route to the hotel.

“Terrifying,” Smith said. “You feel helpless. Just some cowards running up on you with three guns. You don’t know if you’re going to lose your life in that moment. Kids are right there in the car… I kind of had an eerie feeling. And I didn’t really listen to it. I hopped out of the car and seen dudes coming at me with guns. And they surrounded me and it was just like, all I could think of was, ‘I want to live. I want to get out of here.’ At that moment jewelry didn’t matter, none of that mattered. Just give them what they want so they can go.”

Smith said he continues to suffer some post-traumatic stress syndrome from the incident. He said he’s learned to take more precautions, but noted that all he was doing was driving to a hotel. “People, they’re after what you got,” he said. “So you’ve just got to be careful.”

Smith said no one was ever caught or arrested in relation to the case.

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