He could hear the men in the room next door, laughing, smoking weed and maybe still wearing those terrifying plastic masks. He couldn't even see their mouths move as they screamed for revenge.As he sat in the folding chair they'd put into the grimy shower, Kollias, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound University of Rochester senior defensive end, realized he had no idea where he was, who the men were or even what they wanted from him."That's really what he took pride in more than his exceptional athletics, which was shocking to me." Another former Rochester player tells Outside the Lines that he bought marijuana from Smith several times.Speaking on the condition of anonymity because he had committed a crime by purchasing the drugs, the former player says Smith told him "he had connections in New York City" and could "get whatever I needed.
"He had the size; he had the speed; and he just changed the game for our team," Kollias says."He was literally our star defensive player," Kollias says. He says he didn't like how Smith bragged about being able to get marijuana for students."He had a reputation for wanting to be the drug dealer on campus," Kollias says.Smith then waved at the three men on the steps, drawing their attention to a black sedan rolling into the parking lot. According to prosecutors, they carried with them 4 pounds of marijuana.Police say Smith then led the four men with the weed into the apartment building.