Former NFL Star Gets Surprising News About His Jail Sentence. Will He Play Again?

David Hookstead | Reporter

Former Oakland Raiders star Sean Smith was released from jail Tuesday.

Smith was sentenced to a year behind bars on a felony assault charge after he brutally beat his sister’s boyfriend. Well, he ended up only serving a fraction of the time.

TMZ reported the following:

Ex-Oakland Raiders star cornerback Sean Smith is a free man he was released from jail Tuesday morning … roughly 5 months into his 12-month sentence. 

Smith was initially scheduled to be released on Sept. 5 due to good behavior and overcrowding but he caught an even bigger break … getting out almost a month before that.

As TMZ pointed out, Smith is only 31-years-old. That’s not exactly young by an NFL metric or standard, but he’s not exactly ancient. However, I’m not feeling confident an NFL team will be taking a chance on a guy who did time behind bars for felony assault, especially given our current climate.

Let me put it this way for all of you. A general manager is putting his job on the line by signing a guy like Sean Smith. Why? Well, it’s very simple. The GM is essentially vouching for Smith when he inks him to a deal. If the former Raiders star were to get arrested again, the general manager would almost immediately be in the hot seat.

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 27: Defensive back Sean Smith #21 of the Oakland Raiders attempts to excite the fans against Tennessee Titans in the first half of their preseason football game at the Oakland Coliseum on August 27, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

OAKLAND, CA – AUGUST 27: Defensive back Sean Smith #21 of the Oakland Raiders attempts to excite the fans against Tennessee Titans in the first half of their preseason football game at the Oakland Coliseum on August 27, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

There’s something to be said about high risk/high reward prospects, but it’s not like Smith got popped for something minor. Again, he pled guilty to a felony and was sentenced to a year in jail.

Don’t hold your breath waiting for an NFL team to give him another chance.

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