Police were called to a hotel near Union Square shortly after midnight Sunday where a woman claimed Smith assaulted her. Smith was not at the hotel at the time police arrived and the woman was transported to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim said she and Smith were intimately involved, according to the Bay Area ABC affiliate KGO-TV.
Smith was arrested at the Oakland Airport around 10 a.m. before boarding his flight back to San Diego, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office. The Toreros played the San Francisco Dons on Saturday where they won 64-61.
Smith took over the program three years ago as head coach and this season was the first season where the Toreros posted a winning record — 18-12 and 9-9 in the West Coast Conference.
“We are aware of the report of allegations related to Lamont Smith,” USD said in a statement released to the media. “We have very few details at this time but will be gathering information and commencing an immediate review of the matter.”
Smith is married with two children, according to his official biography on USD’s Website. He played for USD from 1994-1999 and was named the Toreros’ Defensive Player of the Year in 1997 and 1999 and served as the team captain from 1997-99.
The Toreros are the No. 6 seed in the WCC Tournament and will take on No. 3-seed BYU on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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