UPDATED: January 5, 2015 5:39 p.m.
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Former Washington Redskins defensive back Fred Smoot has been acquitted of misdemeanor domestic assault following a bench trial in Loudoun County.
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.
Smoot, 35, was arrested in November when police were called to a home in Ashburn and Jackson said she was allegedly grabbed during an altercation with Smoot, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said.
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, including sports talk radio appearances on 106.7 The Fan. He said he now hopes to get his jobs back.
Smoot’s 9-year NFL career ended with the Redskins in 2009. He also played two seasons for the Minnesota Vikings.
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