Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault and the latest word on the incident is not great. The victim – his sister’s boyfriend – was beaten so badly that he wound up in critical condition with multiple broken bones in his face, TMZ Sports has learned.
Smith’s attorney says he’s innocent, but cops claim that Smith beat the man and then stomped his head. Investigators spoke with multiple witnesses at the scene who say that Smith was the assailant in this Fourth of July fracas.
Smith was hoping to return as a starting cornerback for the Raiders in 2017, but he now has bigger fish to fry. Smith due back in court to be arraigned in September after posting 80K bond this week. The 30-year-old could face up to seven years in prison if he’s convicted of the charges.
The NFL has been known to suspend and/or fine players even when the legal system clears them of wrongdoing, so it’s quite possible that he’ll face punishment from the league office. Reportedly, Smith could temporarily wind up on paid leave while the case gets sorted out.
In 2016, his first year with Oakland, Smith totaled 40 tackles and two interceptions. He is slated to enter the second year of a four-year, $40MM contract.
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