Warrant issued for newly signed Seahawks DE Aldon Smith on battery charge

Four days after Aldon Smith signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks, a warrant is out for the pass rusher’s arrest on a second-degree battery charge in the New Orleans suburb of St. Bernard.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office confirmed the warrant for a Saturday evening incident to USA TODAY Sports. St. Bernard Parish District Attorney Perry Nicosia confirmed to ESPN that the charge was for second-degree battery.

Smith’s agent, Ron Slavin, declined comment when reached Monday by USA TODAY Sports.

The allegation could complicate Smith’s attempt to continue to revive his NFL career.

Smith, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, was reinstated last May after being suspended since November 2015 for a violation of the league’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.

Smith signed a one-year contract with the Seahawks on Thursday.

A Seahawks spokesperson confirmed the team was aware of “reports regarding Aldon Smith.”

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