Texas A&M receiver arrested ahead of scheduled SEC Media Days appearance

Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
Texas A&M Aggies wide receiver Ainias Smith. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports) /

Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith was arrested on Wednesday for DWI and drugs and weapons charges before his scheduled appearance at SEC Media Days.

The players selected to attend conference media days are supposed to represent their team in the best ways possible.

It’s safe to say getting arrested on the eve of an SEC Media Days appearance was not what Jimbo Fisher had planned when wide receiver Ainias Smith was selected for that job.

Smith was arrested by Texas A&M University Police on Wednesday for driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, per Brett McMurphy of Action Network.

As you’d imagine, Smith is no longer slated to attend SEC Media Days as planned alongside Fisher, defensive back Demani Richardson and offensive lineman Layden Robinson.

Ainias Smith suspended after arrest for DWI, weapons and drugs charges

The Aggies have now suspended the senior playmaker, who has starred at both running back and wide receiver over the last three years. That suspension is indefinite per athletic department policy after an arrest.

Travis L. Brown delivered the clearest details on the incident for The Eagle:

"At approximately 2 a.m. Wednesday, Smith was pulled over by University Police while driving 51 mph in a 35-mph zone on University Drive. He also was drifting from left to right in his lane, according to the probable cause statement. Smith after failing several physical intoxication tests was arrested and consented to a breathalyzer test, which came back with .066 and .061 readings, according to the probable cause statement. The legal limit in the state of Texas is .08.While Smith was being tested, another police officer searched Smith’s vehicle and found a joint containing marijuana that weighed .029 oz. and a handgun in the center console with a full magazine and a round chambered, according to the police documents."

The DWI is not a good look, even if his blood alcohol levels were technically below the legal limit. Speeding, drifting between lanes and failing field tests is a problem. Doing so with a fully loaded handgun in the center console makes it all the more idiotic.

The good news for Smith is that all of the charges he might face are misdemeanors. The legal ramifications aren’t likely to be particularly significant.

The penalties he faces from Fisher and the Aggies are the bigger question here. Texas A&M opens the season on Sept. 3 against Sam Houston State. They then play Appalachian State on Sept. 10. A big matchup with Miami follows on Sept. 17.

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