Former Pahokee High School football coach and NFL player Alphonso Smith was arrested Saturday after a woman accused him of hitting her, according to an arrest report.
Smith is facing a charge of battery and walked out of the Palm Beach County Jail Sunday under supervised release.
A woman described in the arrest report as a former girlfriend and the mother of Smith’s 11-month-old daughter told Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies that Smith pushed her by placing his fist against her right cheek, the report said. A witness corroborated the woman’s account.
Smith, 30, was at the woman’s home in Belle Glade visiting his child, the report said. There were no visible signs of injury and Smith denied striking the woman, the report said.
Smith remains under investigation by PBSO for “inappropriate conduct.” Smith was removed from his coaching position by the school district on Nov. 12 and permanently let go in January. Smith coached one season at Pahokee and led the team to an 8-2 record and district title, but was forced to step aside one day before the first round of the playoffs.
Smith played college football at Wake Forest and spent four seasons (2009-2012) in the NFL with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. He played football at Pahokee and led the school to a state championship as a senior in 2003.