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Razorbacks defensive end Smith arrested on warrant

By Matt Jones

This article was originally published October 10, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. Updated October 10, 2012 at 11:32 a.m.


Christopher Smith, an Arkansas defensive end, was arrested on Wednesday.

— Christopher Smith, a defensive end on the University of Arkansas' football team, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

A warrant for Smith's arrest was issued on July 31 after he missed a July 18 date in Farmington City Court for a speeding ticket. He was arrested by Fayetteville police early Wednesday and released from the Washington County jail at 4:11 a.m. after posting $415 bond.

Smith was pulled over May 4 on U.S. 62 in Farmington and issued a ticket for traveling 64 mph in a 45 mph speed zone, according to Chad Parrish of the Farmington Police Department.

The 20-year-old UA junior has a hearing scheduled in Farmington City Court on Friday and a court date scheduled for Dec. 19.

Smith is the seventh Razorbacks football player to be arrested in 2012, and first since May. Five of the six players previously arrested this year are no longer on the team.

Arkansas coach John L. Smith said Wednesday he had met with Chris Smith about the arrest and the defensive end will play in the Razorbacks' game against Kentucky on Saturday.

Asked to explain the reasoning, Smith said, "We'll get that handled."

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NONSHEEPLE says... October 10, 2012 at 10:21 a.m.

This kind of stuff is VERY preventable. Coaching staff should be aware of these things and make sure the payers appear when needed. It's not like the guy was out robbing people for weed money.

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Razorbacker1 says... October 10, 2012 at 10:41 a.m.

I agree with Nonsheeple. The player should have shown up in court, but a twenty year old is going to be a twenty year old. The defensive ends coach should have made it his priority to make sure his tail was in court to settle up this speeding ticket.

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HawgFan says... October 10, 2012 at 10:50 a.m.

Okay, I'll disagree with both of you guys. This guy is a 20 year old man in college and he can't take care of a speeding ticket?? Heck, I got a speeding ticket in high school and another one in college and BOTH times I paid the ticket out of my own checking account, with no help from anyone. Now Smith ends up paying $415 to post bond and I can guarantee you the speeding ticket would have been about half of that amount. The coaches have enough to worry about than trying to make sure their dumb players get to court or not.

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Oztwaa says... October 10, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.

How do you know the coaching staff knew he had a ticket?

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Packman says... October 10, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.

Hey Hawgfan - I too got a speeding ticket (two, actually) in college and missed a court date. It was totally my fault due to writing the wrong month on a calendar. I planned to go to court and ask for a payment plan and/or community service in lieu of total payment as I was a broke college kid. I too was arrested and it was one of the biggest surprises of my life because I honestly thought I was still good with the court date. A buddy loaned me some money and I paid the bond and then got some leniency from the judge at my eventual court visit. We all make mistakes. Give the kid a break.

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Ran2133 says... October 10, 2012 at 11:49 a.m.

This could just be a mistake on Smith's part. However, maybe it will teach him a lesson on responsibility: hope so! Going 64 mph in a 45 mph zone is stupid, to say the least. He needs to pay more attention to his driving. Maybe he should have to walk awhile to get his attention.

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razorback715 says... October 10, 2012 at 12:07 p.m.

"We'll get that handled," according to Coach Smith. A typical response by almost any college coach whenever one of his players finds himself in trouble short of murder or selling drugs. If it is obvious on the front end that the player did something wrong go ahead and suspend him. I guess after the heady win of last weekend, Smith must feel he needs to preserve his winning team at all costs.

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HawgFan says... October 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

I agree Packman. My main point was that it was NOT the coach's responsibility to make sure some player makes a court date for a speeding ticket. The fact that Smith screwed up and missed his court date was merely secondary.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... October 10, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Maybe they should have a policy stating if you get a ticket you accrue points and at a certain point level you don't play football anymore.

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