Memphis quarterback Smith arrested
University of Memphis starting quarterback Cannon Smith has been arrested on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Smith is the son of FedEx founder and CEO Frederick Smith.
Shelby County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chip Washington said the 23-year-old Smith was booked into the county jail after being arrested at about 3:30 a.m. CT Wednesday.
WMC-TV reported that Smith refused to pay a taxi fare and became combative.
Memphis coach Larry Porter said in a statement that officials are aware of what happened and are investigating before making any statements or decisions on the player.
In limited duty this season, Smith threw for 246 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
A Miami transfer, Smith started the Tigers’ opener vs. Mississippi State and the team’s Conference USA opener the next week at East Carolina. Against ECU, Smith suffered a concussion and did not return to the starting lineup for the rest of the season.
Memphis ended the year 1-11 and 0-8 in C-USA action.