LEESBURG, Va. (AP) – Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot has been acquitted of misdemeanor domestic assault following a bench trial in Virginia.
Smoot testified in his own defense Monday in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. He denied hitting his former girlfriend, Valerie Jackson, though he admitted kicking down a bathroom door in an effort to retrieve a set of car keys from her.
The judge said the evidence amounted to a case of “he said, she said” in announcing the not-guilty verdict.
Smoot was suspended from local TV and radio jobs as a football analyst following his arrest in November. He said he now hopes to get his jobs back.
Smoot’s nine-year NFL career ended with the Redskins in 2009. He also played two seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.