August 6, 2014 9:45 am
Updated: August 6, 2014 9:57 am

Riders GM says Smith accused of visiting a bar, violating condition of release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders say a legal problem will block wide-receiver Taj Smith from playing Thursday in Winnipeg.

Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press

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.

© 2014 The Canadian Press

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