Smith was excused by the team on May 27 after suspicion of child abuse was reported against him earlier that week. Though he is still under investigation for charges that appeared “sexual in nature“, team officials decided to readmit him to team activities.
TMZ first reported that Smith was being investigated for alleged child abuse in Texas. According to TMZ’s sources, the accuser claims there are multiple incidents dating back to 2010.
Fort Bend County District Attorney, John Healey, has confirmed that the child abuse division is handling the Smith’s case.
“The complaint is still under investigation and no determination has been made to formally charge Mr. Smith at this time,” Healey said.
TMZ added that the case was first reported to officials in Colorado back in November, but it was eventually forwarded to Texas, where the incidents reportedly took place
Smith, 33, spent five years of his career with the Texans before signing a two-year, $9 million contract that he signed with the Raiders as an unrestricted free agent last March.
However, the Raiders cut Smith loose months and he wound up signing a one-year, $2 million contract with the Broncos.
In 2014, Smith appeared in all 16 games for the Raiders and recorded 20 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 57 defensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.