Broncos' Smith Given Probation
Jul. 15, 2000
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) _ Denver Broncos wide receiver Rod Smith was sentenced to two years probation Friday in a domestic violence case.
Smith also was ordered to undergo 36 weeks of counseling.
In a plea bargain last month, third-degree assault and harassment charges in the case involving the mother of his two children were reduced to verbal harassment and Smith pleaded guilty.
Smith was arrested Jan. 24 and accused of assaulting Jami Mourglia during an argument about who would get custody of the children as their relationship ended.
Mourglia told investigators Smith grabbed her by the throat, pulled her by the hair and banged her head on the floor several times, but later said she lied.
Prosecutors went forward with charges, saying it was not uncommon for a domestic violence victim to recant.
The Douglas County District Attorney's Office recommended probation, and Smith agreed to undergo domestic violence treatment.
Smith's agent, Jack Mills Jr., did not return a message seeking comment.
The Broncos' training camp begins July 20, and it was unclear whether Smith would face a suspension. A Broncos spokesman did not return a message Friday night.