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Aldon Smith

Oakland Raiders’ Aldon Smith under investigation for domestic violence

by Jody Jameson, Contributor

An Oakland Raiders football player, who spent the 2016 season on an NFL-mandated suspension, was allegedly involved in an alleged domestic-related issue.

Aldon Smith was included in a police report taken by the San Francisco Police Department. The incident in the report took place early Saturday morning, according to a report by TMZ Sports.

Smith and the victim were interviewed, but the football player has not been arrested.

Officer Grace Gatpandan told ESPN.com that Smith has been cooperating with police and the reporting party during the ongoing investigation. He confirmed that the incident did take place over the weekend, and that Smith was mentioned.

The Raiders declined to comment on the report but owner Mark Davis made it very clear in 2015 how seriously he takes domestic matters, and the strides he takes to keep it off the team. He said the team has a “zero tolerance” policy on domestic violence.

“It’s just something we can’t tolerate. I don’t know how to fix it in society but I know we can’t have it on our team.”

The report could mean bad news for Smith’s career. The football player was suspended in November 2015 for multiple incidents including arrests and substance abuse infractions. Smith applied for reinstatement this past fall, but the NFL waited until offseason to discuss his case. The league told Smith that as long as he stayed out of trouble he could be reinstated in March.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was disappointed when Smith was not reinstated this past season. He said he believes that Smith did everything he needed to do, and that he doesn’t agree with the league’s decision.

“I see some of the guys that have been allowed back. My question is what’s the difference? It’s always a question mark. If a guy has a chance, he should have a chance to make a living.”

[Feature Photo: AP]

Jody Jameson is up-and-coming journalist who's been featured in national news publications for her in-depth crime stories coverage. Her passion lies within helping women and children, in hopes of bringing awareness to abuse, exploitation, and rights violations. In her personal time, Jody has done summer volunteer work at The Boys and Girls Club, and worked as a peer assistant for PALS, a program that assists underprivileged kids. During her time in sorority, Kappa Kappa Gama, Jody volunteered in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program, which raises money to supply books to children in need.