Texas A&M wide receiver Ainias Smith was arrested on three charges last night. Per details provided in Brazos County Jail Record Database, Smith is charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, driving while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana less than two ounces.
A quick search of the database shows no other history for Smith, so this is a first offense.
Ainias Smith lead all A&M receivers with 47 receptions for 509 yards and 6 TDs last season. Smith is a leader who served as a team captain for the 2021 season. This arrest is a disappointment and out of character for him.
As for the charges, there is no excuse for a DWI. There are plenty of options, including rideshare and Carpool, to get a ride home when you’ve had too much to drink. Unlawful possession of a firearm sounds like it was an add-on charge, this is Texas, where Constitutional Carry has been the law of the land since September 1, 2021. Possession of less than two ounces of marijuana means he had a joint.
Discipline and Punishment
I expect the DWI to be plead down since he is a first-time offender. The unlawful possession of a firearm will most likely be dropped. Possession of less than two ounces is a misdemeanor. Basically, these were charges stacked on top of each other because A&M’s UPD saw an opportunity.
As far as team discipline goes, that should be handled in house. The marijuana possession means Ainias will be subject to more random drug testing. There is a policy in place to handle DWI. I don’t expect any punishment for the firearm charge.
Ultimately, Jimbo Fisher will meet with Ainias’ parents and decide on appropriate discipline. Ainias has always been known as a high-character player and leader on the team. This incident is disappointing for all involved. I’m sure contacting his parents and Jimbo to let him know he screwed up was the most difficult part of this for him.
A suspension for a game or two and in-house discipline (rolling the field, running the bleachers) is to be expected. Ainias is working on previous good faith here, but this looks like an incident where a good person made a mistake and has an opportunity to learn from it.
From 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.
Smith failed the field sobriety test but passed the breathalyzer test. I’m unsure if any of these charges hold up in court now.
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