CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Aldon Smith has surrendered to authorities in Louisiana after an arrest warrant had been issued for the Seattle Seahawks defensive end.

The St. Bernard Parish sheriff’s department says Smith was booked on a second degree battery charge. Officials say Smith was released on bond.

The sheriff’s office issued the warrant following an incident last weekend. Deputies responding to a call for medical assistance in Meraux on Saturday evening found a man who said he had been assaulted by an acquaintance outside a business in Chalmette and detectives identified Smith as the suspect.

Smith played 2 seasons at Missouri in 2009 and 2010 before leaving for the NFL.  He was drafted in the 1st round by San Francisco in 2011 and seemed destined for an All-Pro career after racking up 14 sacks as a rookie and leading the NFL with 19.5 sacks in 2012.  But off-field troubles began for Smith after the 2012 season when he was arrested for suspicion of DUI.  He has been arrested no fewer than 7 times since 2012 and was eventually suspended by the NFL.

Smith had not played since 2015 when he returned for the 2020 season and played in all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys.  He had 48 tackles including 5 sacks for Dallas in a resurgent season that led to a new contract with the Seattle Seahawks signed just a day before alleged incident in Louisiana.

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