An arrest warrant has been issued in Louisiana for the Seattle Seahawk Aldon Smith.
Smith, 31, is accused of assaulting a man over the weekend and is wanted for a second-degree battery charge, the St. Bernard’s Sheriff said on Monday in a statement announcing the warrant.
Police said in responding to a call for medical assistance, an acquaintance of Smith said he was assaulted outside a business on Saturday in Chalmette, east of New Orleans.
The Saint-Bernard parish prosecutor’s office could not be reached immediately for comment on Monday evening. But NBC News affiliate WDSU reported that the prosecutor’s office said the incident was filmed.
Smith signed with the Seahawks last week.
“Aldon has informed us and we are collecting more information,” the Seahawks spokesman said in a statement on Monday. “We have no further comments at this time.”
Smith, a defensive end who was a first-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, has a history of off-court problems and has missed four full seasons with suspensions. He was reinstated by the NFL last spring after signing a one-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. He hadn’t played in the NFL since 2015.
Smith, who was an All-Pro in 2012, played 16 games last season for Dallas.
He had several legal issues as a player with San Francisco and Oakland. He was first suspended with the 49ers in 2014 before receiving a one-year ban in November 2015 with the Raiders. Smith applied for his reinstatement in the NFL in 2016, but that decision was initially postponed.
Oakland retained Smith’s contractual rights before releasing him in 2018 after San Francisco police issued an arrest warrant against him in a domestic violence case.
The Associated Press contributed.