In late January, we brought you details of ex-Viking Fred Smoot's DUI arrest, complete with a police report that indicated he "peed his pants, creating a puddle on the floor" during processing.
His attorney later followed up with us to say that last part was simply not true. "Much has been made of the allegation that Mr. Smoot urinated on himself while being held in the 'search area' of the First District Precinct. This allegation is plainly false and was included in the report only to embarrass Mr. Smoot when it was predictably 'picked up and ran with' by the local and national media," his attorney said at the time.
Well, we finally got to hear from Smoot himself. In the interest of continuing the dogged reporting on this story, we have to share what he said. Because as Smoot would surely agree, a doubleheader of a story is good, but a tripleheader of a story is even better. Per the Washington Post's DC Sports Bog, Smoot said this on 106.7 FM recently:
“First of all, I wanted to apologize to not only my family, my friends, and everybody in the D.C. area for just putting myself in that situation to begin with,” Smoot began. “We’ve pretty much dealt with the legal matters of it. It was more of a mishap of me stepping outside of the boundaries of how I spoke to this officer, and me and him basically, verbally got into it from the draw. That forced it to go in many, many different ways.
“And I’m also right now in the process of, like I said, I’ve already dealt with the legal part of it, so now, you know, if the civil moves on I would have to deal with it in that way,” he continued. “So I can’t really continue to speak on it as in-depth as I really want to. But you know at the end of the day, bad decision by me, you know, and I’m dealing with it right now, day to day.”
The radio duo asked Smoot to clarify his indication that there was a civil matter pending.
“That’s the part that now we’re dealing with now, civilly and everything from, you know, a lot of false stuff to even stuff being wrote on a regular sheet of paper,” he said. “And like I said, it goes a lot deeper than that, and that part I’m handling as we speak so I can’t really speak on it in depth. Yes, it was a lot of false information put in there.”
So there it is. Two-thirds of Fred Smoot stories are covered by RandBall, and one-third are covered by the Washington Post (and then by RandBall).