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Aldon Smith Reportedly Pleads No Contest on 2015 Hit-and-Run; DUI Charge Dropped

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 15:  Aldon Smith #99 of the Oakland Raiders looks on during a timeout against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter of their NFL football game at O.co Coliseum on November 15, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Suspended edge rusher Aldon Smith reportedly pleaded no contest to charges relating to his involvement in a 2015 hit-and-run, according to TMZ Sports.

TMZ added Smith's DUI charge was dropped for agreeing to plead no contest.

Smith was initially arrested in August 2015 after he reportedly crashed into a parked car and fled the scene. However, TMZ reported Smith "later returned to the scene of the crash where officers gave him a field sobriety test and arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving."

By virtue of the plea, Smith was reportedly sentenced to 20 days in jail before a judge ruled he could serve his time at a "residential treatment" facility, which TMZ noted is akin to rehab.

Since the 2015 incident, the 27-year-old has encountered repeated run-ins with the law.

In February, TMZ reported Smith was being investigated by police for his alleged involvement in a "domestic incident."

One month later, Smith was the passenger in a car that struck a police cruiser, according to KTVU (via ESPN.com's Paul Gutierrez).

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"If I did something, I would be in jail right now," Smith said after he was briefly detained, per Gutierrez. "Like, I didn't do anything. So we need to, if you guys want to talk about me, like, let's make these stories a little bit better and let's put me in a better spotlight. Stop making me seem like I'm some badass criminal, because that's not who I am; I'm a good person. I've never done anything."

Smith, who last suited up for the Oakland Raiders, has been suspended by the NFL since November 2015 for violating the terms of the league's substance-abuse policy.

In May, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said that despite Smith's claims to the contrary, he didn't expect him to be reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell "any time soon."

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