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Former Raiders CB Sean Smith who was jailed for assault says he is about to be reinstated by NFL

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Remember Sean Smith? Well, he just said he is about to get reinstated by the NFL.

Now, let me refresh your memory for those who need it. In 2016, he was one of the bigger free agent signings by the Raiders. He spent two seasons with the Raiders and just before he reported to camp for his second season, he beat the living shit out of his sister’s boyfriend, including stomping on the dude’s head.

He said he did it because the guy hit his sister, which most fans seemed to support (Smith’s reaction, not his sister being hit). Regardless of whether his actions were understandable or admirable, it happened on a busy street in Pasadena with plenty of witnesses and there was no way he was getting out of it.

The news of the incident and the federal assault charges broke right as Raiders camp did and yet Smith still started the entire season at cornerback for the team. Shortly after the season was over, Smith appeared in court where he pled guilty to assault charges and was sentenced to a year in jail.

About six months later, almost on the anniversary of the incident, Smith received an early release from jail. But even though, he was out, there was still the matter of an NFL suspension.

This wasn’t a first time offense for him (he had a DUI arrest previously) and with the severity of it, he was out of football all last season. Decisions to reinstate typically come around the start of the league year, and Smith just got word that he will be free to join a team shortly.

At the age of 31 and with a big drop-off in his play in his last season with the Raiders along with his troubles with the law, it may be tough for him to seriously find a team interested in him. But unless that “Lol” in his tweet is referring to his hopes for playing this year, he would appear to be ready to get back at it.