Targeted by an arrest warrant in connection with an assault in a New Orleans cafe last weekend, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Aldon Smith surrendered to Louisiana authorities on Tuesday night.
The St. Bernard County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to the Seattle Times that Smith was arrested and then released on $ 25,000 bail.
St. Bernard County Attorney General Perry Nicosia told ESPN the victim was allegedly strangled by Smith until unconscious. She was taken to a local hospital and reportedly suffered serious injuries.
Smith had initialed a one-year deal with the Seahawks two days before the alleged assault. Seattle training declined to comment on the incident.
The 31-year-old defensive end made a comeback last season with the Dallas Cowboys after a five-year absence in the NFL. In 16 games, he made five sacks and 48 tackles, including 14 on opposing quarterbacks.
First pick in the draft (seventh overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, Smith has multiplied off-field escapades in recent years. He has been arrested a few times for impaired driving, hit-and-run and domestic violence.