LATROBE – A shaken Marvel Smith reported to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp Wednesday and took full responsibility for being "in the wrong place at the wrong time," but he didn't take full responsibility for smoking the marijuana that caused his arrest last week in Tempe, Ariz. "> LATROBE – A shaken Marvel Smith reported to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp Wednesday and took full responsibility for being "in the wrong place at the wrong time," but he didn't take full responsibility for smoking the marijuana that caused his arrest last week in Tempe, Ariz. ">

Marvel takes full responsibility

<p class="MsoNormal">LATROBE – A shaken Marvel Smith reported to Pittsburgh Steelers training camp Wednesday and took full responsibility for being "in the wrong place at the wrong time," but he didn't take full responsibility for smoking the marijuana that caused his arrest last week in Tempe, Ariz.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </span>

After making a statement to reporters, Smith was asked if he had smoked the marijuana.

"No," he said.

"You didn't use at all?" he was asked.

"No," Smith said.

"This is not something I want to discuss at this time. If you have any football questions, I'll answer them."

Smith told reporters that a court date had not been set for the case, but that he was "here for the season."

Smith, the Steelers' 24-year-old right tackle, was arrested for a small amount of marijuana and charged with a Class 6 felony, the lowest classification for the crime in Arizona.  He will not face a serious legal penalty, nor will he receive a league suspension, yet Smith was visibly shaken while making his statement to reporters.

"I just want to apologize to the Steelers and the fans in Pittsburgh," he said.  "I know I made a poor decision in regard to who I was with and where I was at the time.  I accept full responsibility and all the consequences that are going to come to me in regard to this situation. I'm looking forward to putting it behind me and getting along with the season."

Smith said he worked out "every day, maybe a little too much" and feels he's reporting to camp in better shape than he did last year, his second in the league.  He also said the arrest won't become a distraction to him on the field.

"I've dealt with a lot more adversity than this," he said.

"If anything, it's going to make me work a whole lot harder.  I've always been dedicated.  If anything, it's dedicated me even more."


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