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Smith Won't Take Part in OTAs
Wednesday, May 27
Mike Klis of 9News reported that Smith won't take part in the Broncos' optional team activities as he tries to resolve his ongoing legal situation:
After Broncos General Manager John Elway consulted with Head Coach Gary Kubiak and President Joe Ellis - and after the team held several discussions with Smith - it was collectively decided it would be best for all involved if the player took time away from the team to focus on resolving his legal situation.
Smith, 33, has not been charged. The complaint, though, remains under probe by the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office headed by John Healey.
On May 21, Arnie Stapleton of the Associated Press reported the complaint was made against Smith in November and that it was "sexual in nature." After its investigation, the sheriff's office forwarded its findings to the county district attorney's office in February.
TMZ Sports reports no charges have been filed after an accuser came forward in Colorado last November before the case was transferred to Texas, where the alleged abuse occurred. The outlet spoke to Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey, who confirmed the child abuse division was reviewing the situation: "We're trying to discern the truth from the untruthfulness of the claim to decide what charges, if any, will be filed."
Klis provided more details from Healey on May 22:
Fort Bend County D.A. John Healey "acknowledges an ongoing investigation involving Antonio Smith," his office said in a statement released Friday. "The Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office is working with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office to further that investigation. No charges have been filed and the complaint is at this point an allegation only."
Healey also said there was nothing imminent in regard to the investigation, according to Jesse Paul and Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.
The accuser reportedly stated that there were multiple acts of child abuse starting in 2010.
Smith, 33, started his career with the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Houston Texans in 2009. He remained with the organization until last year, when he signed with the Oakland Raiders. After a one-season stint in the Bay Area, he joined the Broncos in April.
It's unclear what type of punishment Smith could face from the NFL should the district attorney move forward with any charges. No timetable for a decision on the case was announced.