Sean Smith, the cornerback for the Oakland Raiders, was arrested last Thursday for charges related to an incident that took place on July 4. Smith was involved in a physical altercation with his sister’s boyfriend in Pasadena, California, sources say.
The alleged incident took place during the Raiders’ offseason, when Smith allegedly beat up his sister’s boyfriend and stomped on his head, prosecutors say. TMZ reports that the victim suffered multiple broken bones, including facial fractures, and was unconscious and lying on the sidewalk when law enforcement officers arrived at the scene. Multiple witness statements led police to arrest Smith on August 17.
Smith, a Pasadena native, has been charged one felony count for assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and one for battery with serious injury. He posted an $80,000 bond and was later released from custody. If convicted, Smith could face up to 7 years in state prison.
Smith, 30, will appear in court on September 29. Smith’s lawyer, Daniel Rosenberg, told ESPN that Smith maintains his innocence and plans to plead not guilty to the charges. The Oakland Raiders have not yet made a statement on the situation.
Smith has faced legal issues in the past, pleading guilty to a DUI charge after hitting a light pole with his car in Kansas City, Missouri in 2014. Smith paid a fine and served two years of probation after receiving the citation. The NFL suspended Smith for three games in 2015 for violating its substance abuse policy.
Sean Smith is a graduate of Blair High School in Pasadena, where he received All-Conference, All-State, and All-American accolades during his senior year. He played college football for the Utah Utes and was a second-round draft pick by the Miami Dolphins in 2009. Smith played for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013 to 2015 before inking a $40 million contract with the Oakland Raiders as a free agent. He is currently two years into that contract and stands to earn $9.5 million this season.
The Oakland Raiders cornerback has had a tough training season this summer, struggling with plays and being demoted to second team after a mediocre 2016 season. He played through a shoulder injury last October, and underwent surgery in January 2017. Smith’s status is now in question, and it is unclear at this point whether the charges he faces will affect his ability to play this season.
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