Jalen Hurd’s mother arrested at University of Tennessee football game

Tara Michelle Smotherman (Courtesy: University of Tennessee Police Department)
Tara Michelle Smotherman (Courtesy: University of Tennessee Police Department)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The mother of Jalen Hurd is scheduled to be in court on November 28 after an incident at the Tennessee-Florida game.

Tara Michelle Smotherman was arrested on September 24, but her arrest was not put into the spotlight until the day after Hurd announced he was transferring from the team. Smotherman was charged with assault on an officer and resisting arrest.

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According to the arrest report, law enforcement received two complaints that Smotherman was causing a disturbance in the seating area at Neyland Stadium. When officers asked her to leave the game, they said she got in their face and started yelling at them.

Officers said they tried to escort Smotherman out of the stadium, but she became combative on the ramp exiting the stadium. They said they tried to handcuff Smotherman, but she resisted and they took her to the ground. Still resisting handcuffs, officers said they were finally able to force Smotherman’s hands behind her back and take her into custody.

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