New Seahawks pass rusher Aldon turned himself in to police Tuesday night at St. Bernard Parish Prison in Louisiana, where he was booked and released Wednesday on $25,000 bond. An arrest warrant was issued for him Monday charging second-degree battery for an incident Saturday, two days after he signed a one-year free agent deal with the Seahawks.
Parish District Attorney Perry Nicosia told ESPN that Smith allegedly choked a victim unconscious during a confrontation that began inside a coffee shop in Chalmette, east of New Orleans. Nicosia said the episode was captured on a security camera. The victim, who said he was acquainted with Smith, was taken to a hospital but did not stay overnight.
Under Louisiana law, if convicted, Smith could face a sentence of up to eight years.
New Orleans TV station WWL obtained Thursday the incident report from the sheriff’s office, which said the dispute was over the treatment of the assault victim’s wife, a relative of Smith.
Smith and the victim agreed to meet at the coffee shop, where they were eventually joined by three other men invited by Smith. The responding deputy’s report said Smith grabbed his victim’s neck with one hand and slapped him with his other hand. Abrasions to the face and ligature marks of the left and right sides of the victim were visible to the deputy.
The WWL story said the victim told investigators that the meeting was heated. Smith and one of the other men threatened his life if he hurt his wife again.
The parties left the coffee shop. Outside, the victim said Smith grabbed his cellphone and destroyed it and began choking him. One of the other men also began punching the victim. Smith punched and kicked him and then choked him until he lost consciousness.
The Seahawks signed Smith, 31, a linebacker/defensive end who was named All-Pro in 2012 with the San Francisco 49ers, to help with pass-rush depth behind starter Carlos Dunlap.
He was a 16-game starter for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020, signing a one-year deal for $4 million. He signed with Seattle for the veteran’s minimum of $990,000.
It was Smith’s first football action after an indefinite NFL suspension that lasted four years following multiple off-field incidents and violations of the league’s substance abuse policy.
Smith had 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons in San Francisco, an NFL record, after being drafted seventh in the 2011 draft. But he had three DUI arrests in five years with the 49ers before they released him in early 2015. He signed with the Raiders for a season.
No incidents involving Smith were reported during his season in Dallas, but the Cowboys chose to not re-sign him.
SI.com last week reported that the Seahawks offered Smith a contract in March but that those talks broke down due to the team’s concerns over Smith’s “personal issues,’’ which were said to be why the Cowboys walked away. In the game between the teams in week 3, Smith had three sacks of Russell Wilson and four QB hits.
The Seahawks issued a statement saying the club had been contacted by Smith.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Aldon Smith,” the statement read. “Aldon notified us and we are gathering more information. We have no further comment at this time.”
— Travers Mackel (@TraversWDSU) April 19, 2021