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Jan 5, 2015 6:50 PM

Smoot acquitted of misdemeanor domestic assault

The Associated Press

LEESBURG, Va. (AP) Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot has been acquitted of misdemeanor domestic assault following a bench trial in Virginia.

Smoot testified in his own defense Monday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He denied hitting his former girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, though he admitted kicking down a bathroom door in an effort to retrieve a set of car keys from her.

The judge said the evidence amounted to a case of "he said, she said" in announcing the not-guilty verdict.

Smoot was suspended from local TV and radio jobs as a football analyst following his arrest in November. He said he now hopes to get his jobs back.

Smoot's nine-year NFL career ended with the Redskins in 2009. He also played two seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.


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