REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders say wide receiver Taj Smith is accused of being in a bar in Ottawa, and that’s why he was charged with violating a condition of his release.
Roughriders general manager Brendan Taman says that’s why Smith will be missing a game Thursday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
At the time of the initial announcement, the team only said that Smith was “charged with violating a condition of release stemming from an incident last August.”
Taman now says Smith is accused of going to a bar in Ottawa on Sunday night, and that violated a condition that was set as he awaits a preliminary hearing on a charge of aggravated assault.
Smith was charged last August after he and teammate Dwight Anderson allegedly beat a man outside of a Regina nightclub.
A judge ordered Smith to stand trial after a preliminary hearing in June found that there was enough evidence to try him but not Anderson.
© The Canadian Press, 2014