UPDATE 3:20 PM
Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan said this:
The team is aware of the incident. However it would inappropriate to comment until the matter is resolved through normal legal channels.
There was also news that Smith didn’t know the gun was in his bag when security discovered it:
According to people familiar with the case, Smith, 25, did not have knowledge that there was a handgun in his belongings. Those people asked for anonymity because they have not been authorized to speak publicly about the case.
Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith was arrested in Atlanta on Thursday after bringing a gun to the airport. The former first round selection is reported to have tried to board the plane with a .38 caliber handgun at the time of his arrest. Smith was released on $3,000 bond after being in court on Friday.
NFL.com has confirmed with the Clayton County, GA Court Clerk that Smith was arrested Thursday after he allegedly brought a gun into Atlantaâs Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. He appeared in court this morning where his bond was set at $3,000. He was then released on that bond a short time later and is scheduled to reappear on February 4th for a preliminary hearing.
It’s worth noting that March 12th is when free agency starts, so with a month between his hearing and the beginning of free agency, hopefully this will be resolved so the Bengals can make the fairest offer possible.
Atlanta police say they found a loaded .380 pistol in Smith’s carry-on bag when he tried to board a plane at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport around 4:50 p.m. Thursday. Police responded to the scene and arrested Smith.
Jon Allen, TSA spokesman, released this statement:
We continue to remind passengers of the importance of looking through carry-on bags to ensure there are no prohibited items inside.
The are also reports from the Cincinnati Enquirer that Smith did not have knowledge that there was a handgun in his belongings when it was discovered.