A warrant is out for NFL pass rusher Aldon Smith’s arrest on a second-degree battery charge in the New Orleans suburb of St. Bernard.
St. Bernard sheriff deputies responded to a call for medical assistance around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night, the sheriff’s office confirmed in a statement. A male victim said he was “assaulted by an acquaintance of his earlier while outside a business.” Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Bureau identified Smith as a suspect in their investigation and issued an arrest warrant, sheriff James Pohlmann said.
Smith’s agent, Ron Slavin, declined comment when reached Monday by USA TODAY Sports.
The alleged incident occurred just two days after Smith signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks. The allegation could complicate his pursuit to revive his NFL career.
Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, was reinstated last May after he was suspended in November 2015 for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. The Cowboys signed Smith in April 2020, just before his reinstatement bid was granted. When Dallas opted not to re-sign Smith for 2021, Seattle re-explored lingering interest.
A Seahawks spokesperson confirmed the team was aware of “reports regarding Aldon Smith.”
Smith’s off-field issues have previously included arrests on suspicions of domestic violence (he later pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor charges in the case), a hit-and-run and a DUI.
Despite four-and-a-half years away from football, Smith played all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2020 and was on the field for 73% of defensive snaps. He totaled five sacks, 48 tackles, 14 quarterback hits and two fumble recoveries. Against the Bengals, he returned a fumble recovery for a 78-yard touchdown. Smith’s September performance was strong, including three sacks of now-teammate Russell Wilson in Week 3. But he seemed to lose burst as the year elapsed. In his final 13 games, Smith recorded just one sack.
Smith’s signing with Seattle returns him to the NFC West after he began his career with the 49ers. Smith raced to 44 sacks in 50 games, his 33 1/2 in his first two seasons still a league record.
The NFL could investigate whether Smith violated the league’s personal conduct policy or the terms of his conditional reinstatement from a lengthy suspension.
“We will look into the matter to understand the facts but have no further comment at this time,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told USA TODAY Sports.
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