Razorbacks defensive end Smith arrested on warrant

Posted: 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."

Maybe, the same ambulance chaser who handed Smith seniors bankrupt case. Maybe give Smith and Smith a discount.

Posted by: JailBird

October 10, 2012 at 2:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The arrest of a UA athlete is becoming so common it's hardly newsworthy anymore.

Posted by: RDodger

October 10, 2012 at 10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

This wasn't even newsworthy. He was arrested because he didn't show up for a traffic ticket. If he'd been busted for drugs, guns, or other "real" crimes, then it would be newsworthy. I'm sure when i was 20 same thing probably could've happened to me.

Posted by: AutopilotAR

October 10, 2012 at 11:48 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Could not have happened to me, I didn't have a car.

Posted by: JailBird

October 11, 2012 at 7:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think this is the business of the football team and the U of A. I find it odd that people are so interested, possibly obsessed, with the behavior of people that they have no direct relationship with or influence over.. it is baffling to me.

Posted by: proud

October 11, 2012 at 10:39 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I find it odd they waste time, effort and money posting this minor tripe and other tripe like "old dance steps" over on op-ed page yet, I cannot discover a thing about my city council candidates. One of my current city council representatives says she's never met her opponent, has no idea who he is.

What a joke of a newspaper!

Posted by: cdawg

October 11, 2012 at 4:20 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ah, the student athlete! Can't be bothered to show up for class, much less for court... . I sure hope the folks in charge can "get it handled" for the poor boy - maybe buy him a calendar and teach him how to mark important dates on it.

What sort do we hire to be (or coach) our "student athletes" here at my alma mater, the flagship of Arkansas's institutions of higher learning?

Posted by: CaptainQuint

October 11, 2012 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think part of the reason this article is published is due to the fact that we, the taxpayers, are helping to put this young man through school. Hopefully the conditions have been set for him to learn something from this.

Posted by: Tankersley101

October 12, 2012 at 7:34 a.m. ( | suggest removal )