De’Veon Smith cut from the USFL over a crazy chicken salad incident
The Pittsburgh Maulers may have just won the award for the weirdest reason for cutting a player.
The renewed USFL launch weekend included Saturday’s release of “United By Football: A Season in the USFL,” a documentary series that chronicled the run-up to the league’s return. In a wild clip from the documentary, Maulers running back De’Veon Smith was barred from the team for requesting pizza instead of chicken salad at the team’s hotel.
The snippet sounds like a parody, but is reportedly 100% real. In the clip, Maulers manager Kirby Wilson seats Smith and promptly exits after telling him the bad news.
“He crossed the line, so we had to deal with him,” Wilson said in the clip. “Any disrespect towards football or staff members, the USFL, etc. will not be tolerated.”
Smith attempted to explain his side of the story in the footage, denying he said anything “disrespectful”. Smith claimed that when asked if he ate chicken salad, he said no and asked if there was anything else he could eat. When a staff member walked in with a pizza, Smith claimed he simply asked if he could have a slice.
Wilson attempted to justify his decision to strip Smith of his position at the end of the clip, which makes the whole situation even more absurd.
“Someone’s hurt feelings are a distant second to the team’s greatest good. And we went ahead and moved on, and I’m glad we did, “she said.
On the day the documentary was released, Smith had few words to describe the incident. “WILD!” he tweeted shortly after the release of the documentary.
The new USFL, which promises to be improved, played its first game on Saturday. The Birmingham Stallions defeated the New Jersey generals 28-24.