Raiders cornerback Sean Smith pleaded not guilty in a Pasadena courthouse Friday to felony charges he beat and stomped on the head of his sister’s boyfriend in a July 4 incident.
Smith, whose playing time has diminished in his second season with the Raiders, had no comment when tracked down by a TMZ while leaving the courthouse. Smith is due back in court on Nov. 6 for a preliminary hearing in Southern California.
The 30-year-old Smith, who signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Raiders last year, could face up to seven years in prison if convicted in the case.
Smith argued he was defending his sister during the earl morning incident in Old Town Pasadena on July 4. Officers responding to the incident reported finding the victim on a sidewalk, unresponsive with injuries to his face and head.
The Raiders will play the Broncos in Denver on Sunday but it’s not clear how much of a role Smith will have on defense. He played in just three plays during Oakland’s disappointing loss in Washington on Sunday night, giving up two big pass plays to former 49ers tight end Vernon Davis before being benched for the rest of the game.
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