The attorney representing Fred Smoot says the former Washington Redskins cornerback did not urinate on himself after his recent arrest for driving under the influence, but was instead the target of a false claim intended to “embarrass” Smoot and “sensationalize” his arrest.
The Washingtonian on Thursday broke the news that Smoot was arrested on December 30 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or a drug and operating while impaired. Smoot pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Phone calls to Smoot’s lawyer, Brian K. McDaniel, in advance of publication were not returned.
According to the affidavit of US Capitol Police officer Seth Carll, Smoot “peed his pants” while being processed at the police station. The urine created “a puddle on the floor,” Carll said in the affidavit. “[A police officer] witnessed the urine running down his pant leg and onto the floor. [Smoot] did not express that he had to use the restroom.”
But in a written statement to The Washingtonian Friday, McDaniel called parts of the affidavit “plainly erroneous and factually unsupported.”
McDaniel said in his statement: “Much has been made of the allegation that Mr. Smoot urinated on himself while being held in the ‘search area’ of the First District Precinct. This allegation is plainly false and was included in the report only to embarrass Mr. Smoot when it was predictably ‘picked up and ran with’ by the local and national media.
“So that I am clear, Mr. Smoot did not urinate on himself while in the precinct or at any other time during or while he was in custody. A fair and objective review of the Affidavit created by Officer Carll reveals that the portion reporting these intentionally embarrassing mistruths are memorialized in hand writing as an add on to the rest of the report which was done in type set. (Please review the Affidavit).
“These Affidavits are historically completed by law enforcement officers after the completion of the processing of anyone who is arrested. Unless Officer Carll broke with protocol and began to do his paperwork prior to the processing of Mr. Smoot (an occurrence which is highly unlikely) this information was included as an after thought and only to sensationalize the arrest of Mr. Smoot.”
Officer Shennell Antrobus, the US Capitol Police’s public information officer, said this afternoon, “The department stands behind the arrest made by Officer Carll. We will not comment any further pending the adjudication of the case.”
According to Carll’s affidavit, Smoot appeared angry during the traffic stop, and when asked why, Smoot responded that “he got into it with his girl at the club.”
McDaniel also disputed this point. “Contrary to what was reported in the aforementioned affidavit, the witness was not his ‘girlfriend’ but was a casual acquaintance and there had been no argument that evening,” McDaniel said in his statement.