Texas A&M senior wide receiver Ainias Smith was supposed to attend SEC media days on Thursday as Jimbo Fisher’s squad gets ready for the 2022 college football season. Instead, after being arrested on Wednesday on various charges, he’s now been suspended by the school for an indefinite period of time.
Smith was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon, and marijuana possession (less than 2 ounces). He had been stopped for speeding at 2:15 a.m. and was arrested for DWI after it was determined by a field sobriety test that he was intoxicated.
Police then reportedly found a “rolled joint of marijuana” and a gun with a “full magazine and a round chambered” inside his car. He was released after posting bail in the amount of $8,000, according to Brazos County Jail records.
Texas A&M issued a statement shortly thereafter, saying that Smith has been suspended and that Fisher is aware of the arrest and “looking into the situation.” Smith will also no longer appear at SEC media days.
If they end up losing Smith on the field for a significant amount of time, it could be a big blow for the Aggies. He led the team with 47 receptions and six touchdown catches last season while finishing second with 509 receiving yards. In his career, he has 112 receptions for 1,321 yards and 15 touchdowns along with 373 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
Smith is the second Texas A&M receiver to be arrested this offseason as Demond Demas was arrested on assault/family violence charges before he decided to transfer.