An arrest warrant has been issued in Louisiana for Aldon Smith of the Seattle Seahawks on a second-degree battery charge after he was accused of assaulting a man over the weekend, authorities said.
The St. Bernard Parish Sheriff's Office said Monday in a statement announcing the warrant that as it was responding to a call for medical assistance, an acquaintance of Smith's said he had been assaulted outside a business Saturday in Chalmette, east of New Orleans.
The St. Bernard Parish District Attorney's Office could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night. NBC affiliate WDSU of New Orleans reported that the DA's office said the incident was captured on camera.
Smith, 31, signed with the Seahawks last week.
"Aldon notified us and we are gathering more information," a Seahawks spokesperson said in a statement Monday. "We have no further comment at this time."
Smith, a defensive end who was a first-round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2011, has a history of off-field troubles and has missed four full seasons because of suspensions. He was reinstated by the NFL last spring after he signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. He had not played in the NFL since 2015.
Smith, who was an All-Pro in 2012, appeared in 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 he received a one-year ban in November 2015 with the Raiders. Smith applied for reinstatement to the NFL in 2016, but the decision was initially deferred.
Oakland kept Smith's contractual rights before it released him in 2018 after San Francisco police issued a warrant for his arrest in a domestic violence case.