Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence. The incident took place just hours after the Seahawks had returned home from a victory against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday.
According to ESPN, Smith, 31, was apprehended by Washington Police State Patrol around 2 am. Law enforcement had initially pulled him over for speeding and was booked into the King County Jail soon after. He was released from police custody by 9:30 am without bail upon a written promise to appear in court whenever he is required to do so.
In a statement, the Seahawks backup quarterback’s attorney, Jon Fox said, “Geno is fully cooperative with the investigation. I hope that an open mind can be kept by all as the facts are ascertained.”
At the same time, Smith also released a statement on his social media just hours after his arrest urging his fans to refrain from judging the incident hastily. “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 bear with me.”
He also went on to admit that being arrested taints one’s reputation and is impossible to undo despite the real story behind the situation. King County Court records did not provide any further details on his arrest.
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, who has just completed his third season with the team, appeared in four games and started in three as back-up for Russel Wilson who had to miss the games since October due to a broken finger.
The team had just returned home Sunday evening and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Smith had participated in end-of-season meetings Monday after he was released from detention. This was the most expensive playing time of Smith’s tenure with the Seahawks.
Having thrown 702 yards and five touchdowns with one interception for the team, Smith is soon set to be an unrestricted free agent after completing a $1.2 million contract in 2021 with the current NFL season.