Newly signed Seattle Seahawks defensive end Aldon Smith is facing legal trouble once again.
Smith is wanted by St. Bernard Parish authorities in Louisiana for an alleged incident at French Press Coffee House in Chalmette on April 17th, a mere two days after he officially signed with the Seahawks. A police bulletin says Smith is facing a charge of second-degree battery, and NBC New Orleans anchor Travers Mackel reports that the scene was captured on surveillance video.
It is well documented at this point that Smith’s career was shelved for nearly five years as a result of several arrests and violations of the league’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. He has multiple DUIs, a hit-and-run collision (while under the influence) that saw him released by the San Francisco 49ers in 2015. After the league suspended him for two seasons, Smith was cut by the Oakland Raiders following an arrest for domestic violence.
When Smith returned to the NFL in 2020 by signing with the Dallas Cowboys, he was granted a conditional reinstatement. The exact details of his reinstatement are unknown but news that he’s facing another criminal charge could very easily end his Seahawks stint before it could even start, and put his comeback in jeopardy.
We’ll obviously be keeping a close eye on this one in the days to come.