4 days after Aldon Smith signed a take care of the Seattle Seahawks, a warrant is out for the move rusher’s arrest on a second-degree battery cost within the New Orleans suburb of St. Bernard.
The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed the warrant for a Saturday night incident to USA TODAY Sports activities. St. Bernard Parish District Legal professional Perry Nicosia confirmed to ESPN that the cost was for second-degree battery.
Smith’s agent, Ron Slavin, declined remark when reached Monday by USA TODAY Sports activities.
The allegation might complicate Smith’s try and proceed to revive his NFL profession.
Smith, the seventh total decide within the 2011 NFL draft, was reinstated final Might after being suspended since November 2015 for a violation of the league’s substance-abuse coverage. The Cowboys signed Smith in April 2020, simply earlier than his reinstatement bid was granted. When Dallas opted to not re-sign Smith for 2021, Seattle re-explored lingering curiosity.
Smith signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Thursday.
A Seahawks spokesperson confirmed the workforce was conscious of “studies concerning Aldon Smith.”
“Aldon notified us and we’re gathering extra data,” the spokesperson mentioned in a Monday afternoon assertion. “Now we have no additional remark presently.”
Smith’s off-field points have beforehand included arrests on suspicions of home violence (he later pleaded no contest to 2 misdemeanor fees within the case), a hit-and-run and a DUI.
Regardless of four-and-a-half years away from soccer, Smith performed all 16 video games for the Cowboys in 2020 and was on the sphere for 73% of defensive snaps. He totaled 5 sacks, 48 tackles, 14 quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries. In opposition to the Bengals, he returned a fumble restoration for a 78-yard landing. Smith’s September efficiency was robust, together with three sacks of now-teammate Russell Wilson in Week 3. However he appeared to lose burst because the 12 months elapsed. In his remaining 13 video games, Smith recorded only one sack.
Smith’s signing with Seattle returns him to the NFC West after he started his profession with the 49ers. Smith raced to 44 sacks in 50 video games, his 33 1/2 in his first two seasons nonetheless a league file.
The NFL might examine whether or not Smith violated the league’s private conduct coverage or the phrases of his conditional reinstatement from a prolonged suspension.
“We are going to look into the matter to grasp the info however haven’t any additional remark presently,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy advised USA TODAY Sports activities.
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