Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith entered a guilty plea last month in Kansas City Municipal Court for driving under the influence and received two years probation, according to court documents.
Last June, Smith was cited for driving under the influence, careless driving and failure to present insurance after an officer allegedly saw him drive into a light pole in downtown Kansas City.
The charge for careless driving was dropped. Smith paid fines of $346.50 for DUI and $548.50 for failure to present insurance. His probation ends March 9, 2017.
On the morning of June 9, Kansas City police said an officer observed Smith, 26, attempting to make a left turn at 12th Street and Grand Boulevard when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a light post.
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Police said Smith appeared confused and began mumbling statements the officer did not understand. The officer then asked if he needed medical attention, but Smith said he did not.
An investigation by the officer revealed the vehicle had major front end and undercarriage damage and the light pole was on the sidewalk and broken.
Following Smith’s arrest, he was demoted to the second team for the remainder of Chiefs’ organized team activities and well into training camp.
He earned back his starting job before the season opener and made 50 tackles, one interception and a career-high 16 pass deflections.
While he avoided jail time, Smith could still face discipline from the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
The league’s new drug policy stipulates that any player who “is convicted of or admits to a violation of the law” relating to the use of alcohol is subject to suspension without pay for two regular-season games.
The policy also allows for a harsher suspension in the case of a number of “aggravating circumstances,” including property damage.
Under the previous policy, first-time DUI offenders received no penalty.
Smith, who turns 28 in July, signed a three-year contract worth $16.5 million before the 2013 season. He is scheduled to be a free agent after this season.
Other cornerbacks on the Chiefs’ roster include three players who earned playing time last year, Jamell Fleming, Phillip Gaines and Marcus Cooper, and three developmental corners, Deji Olatoye, Aaron Hester and Shaquille Richardson.