Former Michigan running back De’Veon Smith might have been cut from the USFL for the most bizarre and ridiculous reason. A video that surfaced on Twitter appears to show the ex-Wolverine getting cut because he wants pizza instead of chicken salad.


In a clip from United By Football: A Season in the USFL, a documentary highlighting the lead up to the league’s opening games this past weekend, Smith is shown being told he was disrespectful for his actions. Smith then tried to explain the situation but Pittsburgh Maulers head coach Kirby Wilson dismissed it.

“He crossed the line, so we had to deal with it,” Wilson said. “Any disrespect of football or members of staff, USFL, etc. will not be tolerated.”

Below is the full video:

On the first weekend of the season, Smith appeared to reference the video with an ambiguous tweet he sent out on Saturday. The message was kept to one word, “WILD!”

Smith toted the ball at Michigan from 2013-16, rushing for more than 2,200 yards in his career. He accounted for 23 total touchdowns in his four seasons with the Wolverines.

Smith’s best season in Ann Arbor came in 2016, when he rushed for 846 yards and 10 touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. After his college career, he bounced around the NFL, XFL, CFL and the USFL.

If Smith’s explanation of the story is true, it might be the wildest reason a player has been cut from any league.