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Wednesday, Mar. 02, 2011

Auburn football: Dismissed RB Eric Smith was arrested for domestic violence charge

- abitter@ledger-enquirer.com
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AUBURN, Ala. -- Running back Eric Smith, who was dismissed from the Auburn football team Monday, was arrested for domestic violence following an incident on Feb. 22.

Smith was arrested at 11:15 p.m. and charged with third-degree domestic violence, according to a police report. It is a Class A misdemeanor.

The report said Smith was sober and did not resist arrest. He was booked at Lee County Detention Center and released the next day on a $500 bond.

It is Smith’s second run-in with the law in Auburn. He was arrested for third-degree assault in August of 2009 after police said he knocked a fellow student unconscious during a fight outside an area hotel. The case was resolved when he was granted youthful offender status.

The 20-year-old Smith, who also served an academic suspension for the Outback Bowl at the end of the 2009 season, was dismissed from the team Monday for a violation of team rules.

Smith would have been a senior. Although he didn’t get many carries, he was considered an integral blocker in the Tigers’ offense.

He finished his Auburn career with 182 rushing yards and one touchdown. He also caught 25 passes for 278 yards and another score.

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