Police in Lafayette, which is about 50 miles west of Baton Rouge, say Smith and his wife had gotten into an argument just after 2 a.m. Saturday while leaving a nightclub. Police Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a press release that officers on patrol saw the argument escalate, then saw Smith grab the woman's hair.
Greg Bensil, the Saints' director of media relations, said in an e-mail that the team was aware of the charges and had spoken with Smith. He said the team's security staff is looking into the matter, but he declined further comment.
Mouton said the woman's injuries were minor. Smith has been charged with domestic abuse and simple battery.
Smith was released on $1,000 bond Saturday, according to the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department.
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