Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Washington in the early morning hours after the Seahawks’ win over the Arizona Cardinals in the regular season finale.
Court records show that Smith was arrested a 2:10 a.m. and released at 9:27 a.m. No further details of his arrest were immediately available. He took to Twitter to ask that fans bear with him and wait to hear his side of the story.
Being arrested brings a taint onto the reputation that is impossible to undo, no matter what really happened.
I’m asking all of you to hold back on judging me the same as you would do for a friend or family member.
I’ll have more to say down the road
& ask that you bare with me.
— Geno (@GenoSmith3) January 11, 2022
Smith continued to refuse the breathalyzer and was taken to a hospital to have his blood drawn. While at the medical facility, the officers allege the 31-year-old quarterback refused to have his blood taken and became enraged.
Smith reportedly said, “I’ll f*** every one of y’all up.”Another officer claims Smith said, “you don’t want to see me out of these cuffs, you don’t want to know what will happen.”
Officers concluded in their report that they eventually had to put restraints on Smith’s arms and legs in order to take his blood, and that while restrained Smith was still belligerent and said, “that we were going to regret this and that we would all be famous for this.”
To be clear this is all from the officers point of view and Smith’s version is likely different. But this is the information available.The Seahawks are aware of the situation and will monitor before making any decisions on Smith’s future.
Smith has been the backup quarterback to Russell Wilson in Seattle for the past four seasons. He’s signed four consecutive one-year deals. He is set to become a free agent in March, and it’s possible he could be done in Seattle
It has been a tough go for Smith since his time as a starter with the New York Jets. Smith was a second-round selection by the Jets in the 2013 NFL draft out of West Virginia. He started for two seasons but was demoted in 2015.
Of course there was the altercation with teammate IK Enemkpali over $600 that led to Enemkpali punching Smith in the jaw and knocking him out for the rest of the season. That preceded Smith’s demotion, and he hasn’t been the same since.
Smith was a backup with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Chargers before joining the Seahawks in 2019.Earlier this season he started three games after Wilson suffered a finger injury in a Week 5 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Smith completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 702 yards with five touchdowns and an interception in 2021.
He can still be an adequate backup, but the question is how will teams look at this latest arrest and behavior? Time will tell.