Ex-Redskins CB Fred Smoot found not guilty of domestic assault

Tuesday January 6th, 2015

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Fred Smoot was cleared of domestic assault charges on Monday, NBC Washington's Chris Gordon reports.

In November, Smoot was charged with misdemeanor domestic simple assault after an altercation with his girlfriend, Valerie Jackson. She testified that she was injured and had her shorts ripped by Smoot. He testified that although he did kick in a bathroom door, he never hit Jackson.

The judge found Smoot not guilty, saying it was a case of "he said, she said."

Smoot played nine seasons in the NFL with the Redskins and Minnesota Vikings. He was involved in the Vikings' infamous "Love Boat" scandal in 2005. He retired after the 2009 season.

While he was facing charges, Smoot was suspended from making appearances on both Comcast SportsNet and 106.7 The Fan.

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