After a month of increasing tension and new twists and turns in the story, the legal drama surrounding Vols’ redshirt senior wide receiver Josh Smith is finally over.
A report from long-time Knoxville reporter Jimmy Hyams stated today that the case against Smith has officially been dismissed. Smith will only have to pay court fees and serve 40 hours of community service.
Case against UT football player Josh Smith dismissed; he pays court costs and 40 hours community service
— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) June 6, 2017
Smith was arrested back in early May for an alleged assault against his roommate, Kennedy Foster. After weeks of no news from the case emerged, a report surfaced that Foster’s family were demanding $875,000 in compensation from Smith’s family or they would file a lawsuit against Smith and his family for $3 million.
The incident report from the time of the alleged altercation stated that “Foster, Smith and Stokes had been drinking on May 5, Cinco de Mayo Day. Foster apparently wasn’t feeling well and went to the bathroom in his bedroom. When Foster would not respond to Smith trying to check on Foster, Smith kicked the door down. A fight ensued among Foster, Smith and Stokes.”
Shortly after that, Foster’s family announced they would be pursuing legal action against Smith and his family. But now the case has reportedly come to a close.
Smith will begin his final season with the Vols this fall and looks to close out his injury-riddled career with a solid showing. Smith has 58 receptions for 721 yards and five touchdowns in his four seasons with the Vols.